It’s the New Year! Maybe you’ve made resolutions for your health, your habits, and your budget, but what about for your home? While all of the homes at The Waters are beautiful inside and out, it does take a little work to keep them looking and functioning their best.
This year, make a commitment to keep up with all those home maintenance tasks you know you should be doing but all too often put off until later. As with most things, staying on top of it will make overall home maintenance much easier. Here are five home maintenance tasks you should be thinking about and implementing now.
5 home maintenance resolutions for 2020
1. Make a plan for the year. This is how you can set yourself up for success. It’s easy to lose track of what you need to do and when. It you take a little time at the beginning of the year to think it all through, you’ll be much more likely to complete tasks in a timely manner. You can use a paper planner, digital planner, or simply the calendar on your phone to schedule out a year’s worth of home maintenance. Your schedule might include replacing air filters monthly, testing smoke alarms quarterly, scheduling a chimney sweeping once winter is over, having your air conditioner tuned up before warm weather hits, and more.
2. Ensure the safety of your home. The homes at The Waters are undoubtedly beautiful, but are you confident that you’ve done all you can to ensure your family’s safety in an emergency? Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if necessary. This is also a good time to make sure you have functioning fire extinguishers in the kitchen and garage. In the event of bad weather, make sure you have a plan for where your family’s safe place will be, and have an emergency kit packed and ready to go.
3. Declutter in and out. A house that is too cluttered and unorganized is not a healthy home. Inside and out, take an inventory of your belongings. Start by getting rid of anything that’s broken, such as a patio umbrella. Then have broken items you want to keep repaired, such as a bicycle that needs a part replaced. Finally, donate or sell items you don’t use anymore that are still in working condition, such as toys your children have outgrown. You and your house will give a big sigh of relief when these nagging tasks are taken care of.
4. Make sure your A/C unit is ready. Here in Pike Road, Alabama, where The Waters is located, our winters are typically mild, and spring can be warm. Even before summer, your air conditioning may start seeing some action. After the previous year’s hot weather and sitting inactive during winter months, your A/C unit could probably use a little work. Contact a professional HVAC company to service your unit and ensure that it can cool your home adequately and efficiently when the time comes.
5. Do an inspection of your home exterior. No matter how beautiful and well built a home is, they are out in the elements day in and day out, through every type of weather and season. These elements can take its toll on a house and affect your roofing, gutters, and more. Even just a quick inspection can tell you if there’s a loose shingle on the roof, a spot with chipped paint, a piece of siding that’s coming loose, or gutters that are full of leaves. Depending on what you find, you may be able to fix it yourself, or you may need to hire a professional to help.
There are so many wonderful things about being a homeowner, but it does come with its fair share of responsibility. Performing regular home maintenance throughout the year will help you avoid expensive repairs and stress when issues arise.