With fall on the horizon, it may be a good idea to start prepping your home for the winter months! Not all home maintenance tasks or repairs require you to hire a contractor. With the warm weather still around, taking time to prioritize your winter home prep may work to your advantage.
Consider these important D.I.Y. home maintenance tips*
A thorough inspection and preventive maintenance generally keep a home in good shape, preventing homeowners from unwanted costly repairs. Doing these important things every summer not only prepares your home for the cold months, but it might also increase its value.
- Drain your water heater – Draining the tank of your water heater on a regular basis keeps it efficient and prolongs its lifespan. Check all water lines and fittings for any leaks. Here’s a video on how you can properly drain your water heater.
- Cover driveway cracks and potholes – Pavement irregularities are unsightly, and you might find yourself in trouble if a neighbor gets hurt from those potholes. Using simple tools, here’s a step by step guide on how to fix potholes with an asphalt patch.
- Check your home’s crawlspace – Inspect your crawlspace for any signs of termites and plumbing leaks. Prevent mold buildup by covering the ground of your crawlspace with plastic sheets.
- Unclog bathroom sinks and tub drains – Clean and remove any debris on your bathroom sinks and tub drains using a drain stick. After removing the debris, eliminate mold and mildew from the pipe by pouring in a cup of bleach then flush it with hot water after 15 minutes.
- Replenish emergency supplies – Prepare your home and your family for any upcoming natural disasters especially if you live in locations prone to hurricanes and flooding. Aside from securing your homeowner’s insurances and other important documents, Direct Energy, a retailer of energy and energy services, provides an essential checklist to prepare your family in an event of a hurricane.
Nowadays, it’s common for homeowners on a strict budget to do their home maintenance. It’s important and practical to maintain your home on your own, however, you should also consider safety precautions to prevent injuries.
Most home maintenance requires you to use tools and it’s important that you fully know how to properly use them. It helps to read and fully understand the instruction manual of the tool(s) you’re using. Wear the right clothing and personal protective gear for the job. If you have kids, don’t let them get near to any ongoing maintenance jobs that you’re doing-especially if you use power tools.
*Source: Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford.
Do you need funds to cover major home maintenance?
If you’re living in your home for a couple of years, property damage is inevitable. At some point, your home may require costly home maintenance to better prepare it for the winter season. However, if your family is living on a budget, you may consider refinancing to cover all your major home maintenance costs. Get in touch with a professional loan advisor today to learn more about your options.