: An Excuse to Get Outside - Preventative Home Maintenace!

An Excuse to Get Outside - Preventative Home Maintenace!

An Excuse to Get Outside---Preventative Maintenance to Protect Your Investment

Unfortunately, homes do not maintain themselves.  I advise my clients to  budget for routine maintenance and repair for the house and yard.

oil tankLarge, irregular expenses will occur as our homes age. Those huge expenses are interior and exterior painting, repairs or replacement of the heating and air conditioning units and appliances, floor coverings and roof surfaces.

Most experts recommend setting aside 1-3 percent of the market value of your home each year to pay for maintenance and repair costs. Even though all of these funds may not be needed, the accumulated amounts will help you prevent a budget crisis when it is time for large future expenses such as re-roofing or replacing a heating unit.

Here are some home maintenance items you can take care of this spring (and enjoy the fine spring weather as well).

1 .Mark and monitor small/hairline cracks in foundation. If stable after a few months fill with epoxy. If they've expanded beyond one half inch, call a structural engineer.

2. Inspect basement/crawl spaces for seepage/leakage.
3. Inspect roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles.

4. Check and clean air conditioning and furnace systems. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

window5. Clean and/or replace the AC/furnace filters. Adjust thermostats for season change.

6. Check and clean gutters, downspouts and extensions and repair/replace as needed.
7. If you didn't check smoke detectors, fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide alarms and window locks when you set the clocks ahead, do so now.

8. If you have a fireplace check flue to make sure it is closed for warmer weather.

9. Scrape, caulk and paint any wood surfaces that have peeled or weathered.
10. Clean and inspect your lawn mower and other power tools and equipment.


Comment balloon 7 commentsLaura Giannotta • April 08 2010 09:58AM


We are having wonderful spring/summer-like weather here in Massachusetts.  Yes, a great time to get outside and evaluate what needs to be done to your property to maintain value.

Posted by Katie McBride, The McBride Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Laura...getting the spring work done is important and fixing the things for the upcomeing fall before they are forgotten is a great idea also.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 9 years ago

Laura, Yet an other reminder I have much to do this spring / summer, all the outdoor stuff I put off in the fall will be a priority while it's warm outside.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 9 years ago

A little preventative and inexpensive maintenance goes a long way towards saving you money in the long run.

Great tips Laura!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

That seems like a great reason to get outside to me, plus they are all things that should be done anyway.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 9 years ago

Hi Laura:

Great tips!

Now if I can just find some time to take care of my checklist!!!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 9 years ago

And the one here that always appears on every home inspection...pitch the landscaping away from the foundation.....have a great weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 9 years ago