Being a homeowner is a fun and liberating feeling – finally, you have a place that is entirely yours to improve and work on as you please. But, along with the exciting revamps, maintenance should be carried out on the house and the property, ensuring everything stays in optimal condition; this can sometimes feel a bit daunting, seeing as you might not know where to start or what needs attention when. Luckily, there are a few guidelines that may help you determine which areas of your house needs some TLC from time to time – this will not only allow you to stay on top of things but also spare you from spending unnecessary time and money on things that don’t really need your attention that often. That said, here are some annual inspections that should be done on your home to prevent any severe damage and allow you to sleep more peacefully at night.
Your roof is one of the most crucial elements of your entire house, so keeping an eye over it will ensure nothing falls through the cracks (literally). Ways you can inspect your roof is by taking a walk around the house’s exterior and trying to see if any parts of the roof are sagging or look aged. Also, make sure your gutters are always clean – clogged gutters can cause water to collect on your roof due to improper drainage; this can lead to leaks which could cause some severe water damage to your interior. You may need to replace the entire roof if it is older than twenty to twenty-five years, seeing as this is a roof’s average lifespan. This is quite long, considering your roof takes daily poundings from the sun’s harmful rays as well as weather conditions.
If you have kids, then this is definitely something that should be checked out every now and again. Pests like mice and rats, as well as wasps and hornets, can do some real damage to your home and may also be dangerous to your kids. Mice and rats can usually be found inside the roof and in the garage, whereas wasps and hornets usually make nests underneath decks. If you find that you have a pest infestation, it would be best to rather call wasp and hornet pest control instead of trying to sort it out yourself – they provide excellent pet- and kid-friendly services and will have your home pest-free in no time.
Your plumbing is what keeps the water going where it should be in your house, so it is of utmost importance to ensure all the pipes stay in working condition. These inspections should usually be done before the cold winter months, as faulty pipes can lead to pipe bursts in the winter when the water inside the pipes freeze. Regarding the plumbing inspections, instead, leave this one to the professionals as well – they have the necessary equipment to do a full inspection and get to the bottom of any defects that may exist in the plumbing system.
At the end of the day, the last thing you want to be worried about when getting into bed each night is whether the roof will last through the night or if a rat might get into bed with you – preventing is better than repairing!
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