Michele K’s Homeowner’s Guide to Home Maintenance

Why is Home Maintenance important?

Owning a house is a lot of responsibility, more than renting a home. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to keep the house well maintained. Home maintenance can help you in so many ways. It’s true it takes some money, time and hard work but home maintenance can help you in the long run. It will help you save up money since you address the small problems in your house before the problem worsen over time, it keeps your home running efficiently and also increases the value of the house. Here are 5 simple maintenance tips which can be a great return on investment and would help you take care of your most valuable asset- YOUR HOME!

ROOF

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining” ~ John F. Kennedy

“The sky’s the limit if you have a roof over your head.” ~ Sol Hurok

The roof is an important part of your home for it provides shelter. When you are inspecting your roof, check for cracks in tiles and mastic around vents and pipes. Make sure there are no gaps formed in the flashing and have these gaps repaired to prevent any potential leaks.

INSULATION AND VENTING

“Insulating your home with quality home insulation products is one of the best investments you can make.”

Our home is where we spend most of our time, so it needs to be comfortable. With proper insulation and venting it can help you address other problems and help maintaining your roof. Keeping your home cool and your attic cool, you lower the heat on the roof, which will greatly extend the life of the roof.

GUTTERS

The gutters job is to redirect water away from your house. It is important to have gutters since they protect the foundation of your house by displacing water away from the house.

SPRINKLERS

Installing a sprinkler system will help you maintain a vibrant lawn during hot weather but make sure that it is not hitting the house. Water hitting the exterior of your home can later cause termites and also foundation issues.

PLANTERS

Having a planter can certainly beautify the surroundings of your home but make sure that it has holes for the water to drain out. Another way to solve the problem of overly wet dirt in planters near the foundation is to line the outside foundation walls with a plastic tarp.

It is strongly suggested that you have your home be inspected by professionals, even if you are not selling the property. Let the expert check your home and listen to what they have to say. This will help you have a level of confidence in the condition of your home which will help you sleep well at night.

If you need a recommendation for a home inspector or other local vendors, call Michele K 562-243-2171.

You may also visit my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/MicheleKreinheder to know more about real estate and to check what’s hot on the market click http://BetterLivinginLongBeach.com.

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