It’s like taking care of a human being. It takes hard work, and dedication. There are a lot of reasons why maintaining your home each year is very important. For one thing, home insurance doesn’t generally cover your systems/appliances caused by lack of maintenance. You also have to remember that in order to keep your home usable, you have to make sure that you maintain them regularly. Things such as not cleaning the furnace filter, not unclogging your drains, not considering the state of your floor, or if you do not consider cutting down that tree branch near your cables will cause you more money soon.

Yes, house maintenance will still cost you, but if you think about it, continuing to check up on your plumbing, electrical systems, appliances, even the smallest of problems can be easily fixed and you’ll be able to prevent it from worsening and taking an even more huge chunk of money from your budget.

To keep your home running efficiently and your family safe and healthy, there are things you need to do around the house apart from sweeping the floor. We have here a list of the things you can do to make sure that your house in good shape all year round.

Test your smoke detectors and inspect your fire extinguisher(s).

You always hear this, safety first. Check if your smoke detectors are working. Replace the battery or have someone check on it if you think it’s no longer working. Obviously, it’s important to make sure that your fire extinguisher is still working. Simply check if there are any visible signs of wear and tear. Also, see if the gauge tells you that there’s enough pressure in it.

Check and replace air-conditioner filters.

Some will change their filters monthly but, you can do this every 3 months. It’s a very easy task as counting 1-2-3. You only need to slide the old one out and slip in the new filter. Changing filters means making sure that you and your family inhale good air quality. CleaningEase owner Danny notes if you have a domestic cleaner who cleans your home, they may be willing to complete this for you.

Clean and unblock gutters and downpipes.

Debris build up can be significant in the gutters of leafy areas, which once the wet season comes through you can find this debris flowing and blocking your downpipes and drains. Ensure you clean your gutters regularly to avoid costly plumbing bills and potential water in your ceilings which can impact the structural integrity of the gyprock, electrical systems and worse. This is particularly the case in multi storey homes or townhouses which can present risks for the home owner to clean – many professionals recommend using a licenced maintenance service in these cases.

Wipe your range hood and filter.

If you are one to cook a lot, make sure that grease won’t build up in your range hood and filter. You can simply clean it with soap and water, or you can buy a degreaser from the auto parts store and mix it with water. Doing this will keep your kitchen odour and grease free.

Clean your carpets

Most home owners will vacuum regularly, but will rarely if ever have a carpet cleaner in to shampoo the carpets. If you have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year – this will extend their usable life, remove hard to remove dust particles which can cause allergies, as well as disinfect the entire surface. In their blog Carpet Kings recommends for the best performance, to professionally clean your carpets quarterly. You can check out the blog here.

Unclog bathroom and kitchen drain.

Prevent blockage and plumbing issues by being aware of your drains in your home. You can use formulated clog removers for this. However, there are two popular cleaning ingredients that can help you unclog and freshen your sink: vinegar and baking soda. Mix this two and pour it down the drain, let it sit for a few minutes and you’re done!

Clean garbage disposal.

Whoever wants to have repulsive odours in your garbage disposal? Yes, no one! So make sure to clean it every month. Prevent debris from getting stuck down there and damaging it. You can cut up lemons and drop it down the system while you’re running it. The good old vinegar and baking soda can do the trick as well!

Deep clean your house.

Regularly sweeping is good but, don’t forget all the other things such as wiping your appliances, cleaning your windows, and dusting every nook and cranny all around the house. If you can’t afford to do this every month, make a list of everything that needs to be done and divide the task for each week of the month.

There are a lot more things you need to do to make sure that your house is being well kept. Don’t forget to consider the tasks you need to complete depending on the season. No matter how long and extensive the tasks may be, it is vital that you do it. Why? Not only will it help you save money, and keep your family safe and healthy, but it will also increase your house value. Should you decide to sell your house soon, having a well-maintained house will not give any home buyers reasons not to buy your home. By doing these home maintenance tasks monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, and annually, you can make sure that your house can stand tall and proud even after a new family comes in.

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