How To Maintain a Home: Learn the Basics
and Preserve its Condition for Future Resale
Providing maintenance for your home can be a big job, especially in the harsh desert of Arizona. The blazing heat, combined with the dust that builds up everywhere, can be particularly hard on a home. Some simple upkeep, however, can help keep your home in great shape, keep costs down, and go a long way in helping you sell if you plan to sell it the near to upcoming future.
Fall and Winter Season
The fall and winter seasons are easier in Arizona, but don’t think that means you can take it easy. We may not be in blizzard territory, but there are still precautions to take and regular maintenance tasks to perform. For the exterior of your home, make sure to remove debris from your gutters and clean them regularly. Check outside faucets and hoses for any leaks or cracks. If you have a grass lawn, consider switching to xeroscaping, which will cut down on your water costs drastically. We are in the desert, after all, and water is a precious resource. For the interior, inspect and repair the caulking in your sinks, tubs, showers, walls, windows, and thresholds, as well as any other interior areas. Replace the filters or heat pumps of your furnace. If the filters are metal, replace them with plastic ones, as metal filters are a fire hazard. Make sure your furnace is working properly and have it serviced by a professional technician.
Spring and Summer Season
During the spring and summer seasons is when the real test comes. Pay close attention to the caulking of your stucco, trim, and windows to prevent dust, dirt, water, and insects from entering your home. Trim trees and shrubs away from your home, including the roof. Examine the paint on the doors, trim, and siding and apply new paint if needed. Not only does this make your house look nicer, but paint also helps protect your house from the elements. Have your air conditioning unit serviced by a qualified technician and replace filters. Lubricate the roller shafts (not the tracks) on your garage door and tighten the bolts.
While these are some common and somewhat easy items to knock off your list, it doesn’t necessarily capture all that you can do to ensure there are no surprise home catastrophes. You may want to take another look at the what the home inspection report said when you purchased the home, often they will foretell and document where their may be possible problems in the future. However be sure to get a second opinion before spending any substantial amount of money. When it is time to sell the home, this pro-activity on your part, makes for a great selling feature. It eases buyers minds to know that previous owners cared for the home properly.