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Owning a home is a great privilege and carries with it many benefits. One of the many benefits is that you no longer pay rent and other related expenses to renting anymore. However, being a homeowner also means becoming fully responsible for keeping up with the repairs and other home maintenances as they arise. This is so important because failing to do so can result in the deterioration and depreciation of a property. The neglect of a beautiful home can quickly turn it into a huge disaster and liability.
The following are some of the components that need maintained on a regular basis to prevent the destruction and loss of a great investment:
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), it is important the roof, insulation, and ventilation all work properly together to keep the property free from moisture. Also, removing dead leaves and stagnant water in the gutters prevents water from entering the interior resulting in the house becoming more prone to structural damages.
The pipes and vents should always be well insulated because they block potentially harmful gases from the polluting the air while in good working condition. According to the Master Certification Board, a way to maintain this is by having the steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts insulated with asbestos paper tapes.
3. Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing fixtures need to be clean to avoid water contamination. In fact, Florida Building Code Section 405.2 states plumbing fixtures should be installed to provide easy access for cleaning both the fixture and the areas surrounding it.
4. Air Conditioners
According to the Mayo Clinic, air conditioners reduce the amount of airborne pollen from trees, grass and weeds that enter a home. It is important to do the required filter replacements because doing so will maximize the filter’s functionality level keeping the occupants from having to worry about allergies.
5. Windows and Doors
Any outlet that is lower than counter height should be covered with products that do not pose a choking hazard to your child. Check behind furniture, and don’t forget to check the island in your kitchen if you have one. That is a frequent miss when parents are baby proofing.
Practicing Good Habits
Home maintenance should be done on a monthly, quarterly, seasonal and annual basis, regardless of the property’s condition. However owners and buyers do not have to wait for a severe damage to occur first before attending to something. Prevention is always better than needing a cure!