When homeowners think about protecting their home’s assets, they may immediately think about large maintenance issues, like a new roof. But checking on—and updating, if necessary—small details can have a huge impact on the health over your home over time, saving you big dollars by warding off monumental repairs. Below, is an outline of a handful of things you should keep up-to-date to lower bills and avoid costly repairs later on, regardless of whether you plan to stay or sell.
Check the ventilation
Spring can be wet, and a build-up of moisture can peel paint, cause mold and mildew and ruin flooring, carpets and fixtures. At the start of the season, check out kitchen or bath ventilation fans, and consider installing dehumidifiers anywhere prone to excess moisture. Check out basements and any overlooked crawl spaces, too, to make sure they aren’t prone to leaks. Homes can change over time, so just because you have never had a ventilation problem before doesn’t mean you never will.
Give your A/C some TLC
Spring is the perfect time to get service your air conditioner, which will get it into its best shape for summer, and help extend the overall live of your system. Replace your air filters at the start of the season, and every 90 days of use.
Insulate, insulate, insulate
A well-insulated home is going to have lower energy bills. By checking gaps and cracks around your home, and filling in any seals with a sealant, you can monumentally reduce your energy bills. According to the U.S Department of Energy, as much as 40 percent of your home’s energy loss can be blamed on shoddy insulation.
Spring often brings rain, and excess water means excess strain on your plumbing. If you have a sump pump, check that it is in working order by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit and monitoring the response. Check all indoor and outdoor faucets. Turn on your hose—if there is a sudden leak inside your home, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked over the winter and needs to be replaced. Also, you should consider replacing you water heater if it’s more than 15 years old; newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
For more information on spring updates, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000, or 1-800-825-7000.
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