No home comes maintenance FREE. Even a brand new house requires regular upkeep to ensure its internal environment stays healthy. If you live in a house that is less than seven years old, home maintenance is also essential for preserving your warranty rights. To make sure your home stays covered, you are advised to perform regular seasonal maintenance. Here are some tips to ensure it remains in good shape no matter how old your home is:
- clear eavestroughs of debris regularly and extend downspouts so that water is directed away from your home. Water that flows around the foundation could eventually find its way into the basement.
- have your roof inspected regularly to ensure shingles, flashing and chimney caps are in place and sealed properly.
- fix the caulking around windows and doors if it becomes cracked or separated.
- clean or replace your furnace filter.
- check air ducts, remove covers and vacuum dust from vents.
- investigate and identify any musty smells and odors. They are often an indicator that there is a hidden moisture problem.
- in the winter, shut off the exterior water supply and drain water lines.
- check for condensation and proper humidity levels.