The value of home is our largest financial asset. However, most people don’t do enough to protect it. While we all know the old saying An ounce prevention is a good thing,very few homeowners follow this advice when it comes down to their health and other investments. This article will briefly review, and then discuss 5 easy home maintenance steps that can help protect this investment.
1. Resealing is a common task for driveways. Nearly all of them use a paved surface. Most driveways use blacktop because it is cost-effective and works well. Nearly every road uses this tar-based surface. Weather changes and chemicals (such salt) can cause minor cracks and other irregularities. Do not ignore this and try to hope for the best. Instead, seal the area on a consistent basis. Especially in fall, sealing the area will help prevent future damage.
2. LeavesCommit to clearing and removing all leaves from ground surfaces including lawns, gardens, and other surfaces. Also, remove any leaves from roof areas including gutters and leaders. This will reduce the potential costs and challenges as well as possible expenses such as gutter damage and leader deterioration. This can be done by the homeowner or by someone hired to do it.
3. Paint chips Whether you are painting the outside or inside of your house, it is best to address paint problems as soon as possible. If you find exterior paint chips, it is important to remove the chip and then repaint.
4. Clear drainages: If you want to avoid ground water issues, it is important that you clear the drains so that they can perform their task as intended. Clear away leaves and other obstructions/ impediments to prevent flooding or excess, avoidable icing.
5. Seal doors and windows: Is there air leaking below, underneath, or sideways from exterior doors? Are your windows keeping out the cold? This can be avoided by using products such as door-sweepings and caulk to save energy and make your home more comfortable.
Although these steps may seem obvious, many people don’t take the time to address them. These 5 easy maintenance steps are a great preventive step!