Simple up keep around your home not only gives you peace of mind but can also stop small issues from turning into costly repairs. How important is preventative maintenance? Without it, a home could easily lose 10 to 12 percent of its appraised value and research has shown that regular maintenance can increase the value of a home by about 1 percent a year.
- Be a leak freak. Check your hoses and exterior faucets for leaks — even a tiny drip can add up to a big waste of water. Pinhole leaks in hoses can be covered up by winding regular electrical tape around the hose in overlapping layers when it’s dry.
- Inspect your A/C. Inspect your air conditioning unit to make sure it has a free flow of air. Clear surrounding plants and bushes, so they do not block the air intake vents on the unit.
- Banish Bugs. Inspect your homes foundation walls for signs of termites. Be on the lookout for a thin gritty gray-brown film on the surface of damaged material, and look for narrow mud tubes on both the interior and exterior of your walls. If you see signs of an infestation test the wood by poking it with a screwdriver; if the tip goes in easily or you hear a hollow sound when you tap the wood with the handle, you should call a professional exterminator.
- Polish your porch. Thoroughly sweep painted porch floors; then mop them with an all-purpose cleaner. If there’s a lot of built-up dirt on the floorboards, you may need to scrub them with a brush.
- Check your deck. Look over your deck for signs of rot and hammer in any nails that are sticking up. Then, determine if your deck needs sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you’re in good shape; but if it soaks right in, it’s time to reseal it.
- Wash your windows. If you didn’t tackle exterior window washing in the spring, now’s the time to get your glass clean.
- Maintain your mulch. Add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down. Mulch also helps the soil retain its moisture in the summer heat letting you use less water and gives your plants a better chance to grow.
- Plan your watering schedule. Train your garden to endure dry days by watering deeply a couple times a week, instead of watering lightly daily. This style of watering will promote the growth of deep, strong roots.
- Stop dirt at the door. Keep summer’s mud and muck outside with not one, but two doormats at your main entry. Place a coarse mat at the exterior and a softer, cloth one on the interior to catch dirt from being tracked in. If you live near a beach, a tub of water for sandy feet placed by the door works wonders for keeping sand outside where it belongs.