Home maintenance checklist

As a homeowner, you are no doubt familiar with the time and labour that home ownership requires. Just like having regular oil changes keep your car engine happy and healthy, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money. With everything that needs doing around the house, it is easy to overlook certain tasks. We’ve compiled a few suggestions on what you can keep an eye out in order to help keep your house, and the surrounding area in tiptop shape.

  1. Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc.: Nothing sucks more than having your house leak during heavy rainfall. Not only can it damage your possessions, but also leaky roofs can cause mould over time. Regular inspection can save you money in the long run and ensure your interior is always protected.
  1. Check the drainage system around the house: Puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours. If the water stays, or moves toward your foundation, check your gutters. The most likely culprit is a bad spout or a loose connection. It can also be an indication that your system is blocked, or may just need cleaning.
  1. Clean out gutters regularly: More often than not, gutters accumulate leaves and debris, especially during rainy seasons.
  1. Conduct regular inspection of your home exterior: You would be surprised at how much a good silicone/caulk can fix a lot of your problems! Take a close look all around your house, and make any repairs as needed. Does your house need a fresh coat of paint? Are there cracks in your foundation?
  1. Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house. Did you know that plants can weasel their way into cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, causing damage and shortened longevity? Always clear shrubs and vines away from the house before they have the chance to cause any damages.
  1. Check trees for interference with electric lines: Do not wait for it to fall over. Trim any trees that pose a threat.
  1. Drain water from potted plants: Whilst not technically a home maintenance tip, still water in potted plants, empty containers and blocked drains is the ultimate breeding ground for mosquitoes! For your health and safety, ensure that you drain them regularly.

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