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3 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make

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Your home is obviously one of the biggest investments you will ever make.  Staying diligent with upkeep and fixing small problems before they become bigger problems is the best way to keep the hassle of issues at bay.  Certainly, unexpected problems will and do happen. That’s just life. Here are three mistakes that homeowners tend to make and a few tips on how to avoid them:

Neglecting maintenance:  Checking your homes major systems (HVAC, sump pump, filters, etc.) should be done at least every six months.  When you change your clocks, switch out batteries in your smoke detectors, it’s important to do some additional maintenance as well.  Keep your furnace, heat pump, and central AC system serviced to ensure they’re running optimally. Change your filters at appropriate times, clean your ducts, vents, and return vents.  Clean the coils on your fridge. Check pipes for leaks and drips. Anything small you notice, get ahead of it before bigger problems arise.

Ignoring the small stuff:  Have a faucet that drips or a toilet that runs?  Is there a crack in a wall from “settling”? Small issues may not seem important at the time, but you should handle these issues sooner rather than later.  Not only will running water from your toilet or faucet drip cost you money, small cracks can lead to mold, rot, or worse. When you see small problems, handle them quickly!  Your future self will thank you.

Checking attics and crawl spaces:  Doing a spot check of your attic and crawlspace is important for spotting areas of wear and tear, leaks, and possible unwanted visitors (mice, insects, etc.).  Aside from just the inside of the house, check the outside as well. Check the siding and trim for cracks and wear. Look around doors and windows to ensure seals and caulking are in good shape.

I realize there is much that comes with maintaining your home, however, by helping homeowners get ahead of major problems can save a lot of time, headaches, and unexpected financial expenses.

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