Everyone wants to cut back on expenses, but there are some home repairs and inspections which you should not skimp on. Here are several of them:
1. HVAC inspection and repairs. It’s a good idea to get an HVAC inspection in spring or fall – when companies aren’t slammed with work and when you can live without heat for a bit if needed. Getting an inspection may turn up a small repair which can save money in heating in the long run. Additionally, paying for maintenance activities will likely prevent your system from having trouble right in the dead of winter – when you really need it.
2. Gutter cleaning and repairs. Let’s face it, here in the Pacific NW, our gutters are vital to preventing water from accumulating on our roof and for directing water away from our home. Since your gutters get a work out, make sure they are always ship-shape. It’s a great idea to get your gutters cleaned professionally twice a year to ensure they don’t back up when we get lots of rain.
3. Carpet cleaning. Some dirt simply can’t be picked up by a vacuum. Getting high-traffic areas cleaned professionally can really extend the life of your carpet, and keep it looking great.
4. Dryer vent cleaning. Your dryer vent can back up with lint, which could eventually cause a fire. Getting your dryer vent cleaned professionally once a year will help prevent a damaging house fire – which is always a good thing.
5. Roof inspection, repairs, and cleaning. Getting your roof inspected and cleaned once a year can prevent extended damage and rot to your roof, home insulation, and finally your ceiling. Roof repairs are generally quicker and cheaper to fix when caught early.
6. Chimney inspection, repair, and cleaning. Who doesn’t like a crackling fire over the winter? To ensure that all those fires don’t build up dangerous debris, get your chimney inspected and cleaned. Also, chimneys can cause leaks due to bad flashing, old brick or mortar, and no cap covering the top of it.
7. Power washing and sealing a wood deck. Power washing your deck can get rid of slippery and damaging mold, mildew, and moss. Sealing your deck afterwards can prevent stains, as well as help the wood keep its shape and integrity throughout wet and cold.
Here’s hoping you can keep your home clean, safe, and bright this Spring.