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Maintaining Your Home (The Basics)

1. Make sure your doorbell is working and if not replace it.

2. Check that all PowerPoints are working annually, if not call an electrician to replace them.

3. Clean out exhaust fans to prevent mould once a year, take the time to remove and clean your bathroom kitchen and exhaust fans. This will keep them running smoothly and the mould out of your home.

4. Regrout or recalk your tub, showers and bathroom fixtures. It will exhibit wear and tear over time. If you notice any crumbling, peeling or mildew, it’s time for a touch up.

5. Double check your downspout, take a look at the perimeter of your home to check for downspouts that have become detached or faulty, water will not get directly away from the home and can lead to water intrusion or even foundation issues.

6. Clean your drains, tackle your slow drains in your home before they become clogged. It’s better to use a wire or a clog remover tool than using a drain cleaner.

7. Flush out your water heater. Once a year, you will need to drain your water heater or have a professional come in and do it. Draining your water heater will flush out any minerals or debris in the system, ensuring it runs more efficiently.

8. Clean your gutters. Gutter maintenance should be conducted at least twice a year, or as the seasons change. Gutters overflowing with debris won’t do their job, and can lead to more costly water damage. Check and clean your gutters every spring and autumn and clear away any muck, sealing any leaks and replacing gutters as needed.

9. Maintain your roof. Homeowners dread a roof replacement, but maintaining the one you have can increase its lifespan. Taking care of roof issues will also help the heating and cooling systems of the home operate more efficiently and prevent leaks in the house that leads to water damage.

10. Look for early sign of foundation problems. When the weather warms up, take the time to do a thorough inspection of the exterior foundation of your home. Cracks in the foundation of your home can reduce its value by up to 15%. Large cracks in your foundation should be inspected and addressed by a structural engineer.

11. Wash your siding Cleaning your home’s siding twice a year will not only boost appeal, but will also prolong its life. Clean your siding in the spring and autumn. Renting a power washer will get the job done in an afternoon. Too much pressure from the washer can lead to damage or even crumbling of the exterior of your home.

12. Touch up exterior paint. Touching up paint jobs on the exterior adds appeal points and keeps moisture and wood rotting at bay.

13. Fill in driveway cracks. When the weather starts to heat up, take a look at your driveway, veranda or sidewalk for cracks in the concrete. Small cracks look unappealing resurfacing cracks the moment you find them means fewer large repairs on outdoor surfaces down the line. Deep cracks can also raise eyebrows during a home inspection. If your concrete is cracked beyond what a simple is, consider mudjacking or slabjacking. This process injects a grout under your concrete slabs to raise them, typically costs around half as much as putting down a new slab.

14. Trim up the tree branches growing too closely to your home or power lines can wreak havoc down the road.

15. Inspect your window and door seals once or twice a year, take the time to seriously inspecting the sealing around your windows and doors. Small cracks and fissures can lead to an inefficiency in heated or cooled home which in turn can lead to an inefficiency in a heated or cooled home, which in turn could overwork your systems.

16. Fix scuff marks on interior walls. Scuffs and marks on the wall are par for the course in a lived-in home, but touching up wall paint once a year will ensure these marks don’t get out of hand.