When people look at their house, they see two things:
- A home where they will nurture their family and spend the rest of their days in.
- A money sink that will stop them from having any vacation in the near future.
Which one are you? Either way, it is safe to assume that all homeowners try their hardest to reduce spending on their homes. Not because they don’t love it but mostly because it hurts emptying your wallet for something as small as a leak.
Now those are two words that can send shivers to any homeowners spine. Preventative maintenance basically means doing maintenance even before something happens. It’s like taking vitamins before you get sick.
The general consensus is that it’s unnecessary. If you ask a homeowner if they do any preventative maintenance, they will most probably give you a puzzled look.
See, for most people, maintenance is about addressing whatever issue you are having. For example, if you have a problem with your gutter, you have to go and get it cleaned before a big storm hits. You do it on a regular schedule. Preventative maintenance is the other way around.
When you do preventative maintenance, you look at your house from the distance and think of the things that might happen. You consider the stuff that might break, leak, or might need fixing. After you’ve done that, you do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening. Sounds, hard? Actually, it’s pretty easy if you know what you are doing.
Here are some preventative maintenance tips you can take for your home:
- Visit your attic after a rain for any sign of leaks.
- Check your roof. You can do this by physically walking on it or use a binoculars.
- Always keep your gutters clean. There’s no “do it once a month” when it comes to gutters. Clean it if you feel like it needs cleaning.
- Trim the trees to keep squirrels and other animals from entering your home.
- Check the sidings and trims for any signs of weathering. You might want to focus on the caulking.
- Look at your windows and doors to make sure they still have caulking and the right paint. Some may need repair.