7 Reasons Why Home Maintenance Is Important
Maintaining your home is one of the most important things you can do to protect your investment. By regularly cleaning, repairing, and inspecting your home, you can catch small problems before they turn into big ones.
Here are seven reasons why home maintenance is so important!
Why is Home Maintenance Important?
1) Home Maintenance Keeps Your Home Looking Good
Your home is one of your biggest investments, so it’s important to keep it looking its best. Regular maintenance will preserve your home’s value and ensure that it looks as good as new for years to come.
A well-maintained home will also be more appealing to potential buyers if you ever decide to sell.
So don’t neglect your home’s exterior! Make sure to regularly clean gutters, trim trees and bushes, paint or repair any damaged areas, and wash your windows. These simple tasks will go a long way in keeping your home looking its best. Inside your home, be sure to vacuum and dust regularly, clean your floors, and wash your walls and windows.
If you have vinyl flooring, do make sure you use vacuums specifically for those, as using the wrong ones can cause scratches, and don’t forget about the little details! Be sure to fix any loose doorknobs or cabinet handles, repair any cracks in the walls or ceilings, and touch up any chipped paint. These small repairs will make a big difference in the overall appearance of your home. Investing a little time and effort into regular home maintenance will go a long way in preserving your home’s value and especially if you need to get your home inspected.
2) Home Maintenance Makes Your Home Safer
Your home should be a safe haven for you and your family. But if you neglect regular maintenance, your home can become a dangerous place. For example, doing regular testing of your smoke detectors can help keep you safe. This is because faulty smoke detectors are considered “No Smoke Detectors Installed or Missing” in a home inspection.
Additionally, if you don’t regularly inspect your home’s electrical system, it could become overloaded and cause a fire. Learning more about your home’s different types of electrical outlets can help in this. Personally, my family’s home had to deal with water leaks and even mold growing on door frames. These are the types of things that can cause infectious diseases to fester, which can cause more sicknesses to your family members.
If you tend to have mold growing often in your bathroom, you can consider using dehumidifiers that work well for bathrooms. I personally have used them and they work well for lowering the humidity in a home. By taking these simple steps, you can help keep your home safe and secure for you and your family.
3) Home Maintenance Saves You Money
Source: House Logic We all know that home repairs can be expensive. But what you may not know is that regular maintenance can actually save you money in the long run. For example, if you don’t regularly change your furnace filter, your furnace will have to work harder to heat your home. This will cause your energy bills to go up. Or if you don’t regularly inspect your roof, small problems can turn into big (and expensive) ones. For example, a small leak can turn into a rotted roof that needs to be replaced. Also, you should check if your lintel is in good shape, as these are common in the South Florida area.
4) Home Maintenance Keeps Your Home Comfortable
Your home should be a comfortable place for you and your family. But if you neglect regular maintenance, your home can become uncomfortable (and even unhealthy). For example, if you don’t regularly clean your air conditioner’s filter, it will have to work harder to cool your home. This can cause your energy bills to go up and make your home less comfortable. Also, if you have any cracks in your walls, bugs like ants and wasps can easily fly into an attic and eat up wooden furniture in your home. By taking these simple steps, you can help keep your home comfortable and safe for you and your family.
5) Home Maintenance Saves Energy
Did you know that the average monthly electric bill in Florida is approximately 13% more than the national average (entire US)? Doing your regular home maintenance can actually save energy and bring down your utility costs! The bulk of utility costs in a home is typically heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC). By simply changing your furnace filter regularly, your furnace won’t have to work as hard to heat your home. This will save you money on your energy bill.
Or if you regularly clean your air conditioner’s filter, it won’t have to work as hard to cool your home. This will also save you money on your energy bill. I have also found that dusting household appliances such as refrigerators, exhaust fans, and washing machines have really helped in improving their energy efficiency. So if you want to save money on your electric bill, be sure to do your regular home maintenance tasks!
6) Home Maintenance Gives You a Sense of Pride
Your home is an extension of yourself. So when your home is in good condition, it can give you a sense of pride. But if your home is in disrepair, it can be a source of stress and anxiety. Seeing your home in disarray can make you feel like you’re not doing a good job of taking care of it. But by taking the time to perform regular maintenance tasks, you can help keep your home in top condition and be proud of the place you live. My family is always happy when we take steps to perform home maintenance because we see our home as a proud place we love to stay in. So don’t wait until your home is in disrepair to fix it! Regular home maintenance will help keep your home in top condition and give you a sense of pride.
7) Home Maintenance Ensures You’re Covered by Insurance & Warranties
To be valid, most house insurance policies and home warranties demand homeowners to keep their properties in good operating order. Otherwise, these plans would not cover problems caused by lack of maintenance and would only pay for repairs or replacements if homeowners maintain their homes in good working order. This is a reminder to do your regular home maintenance if you want your insurance to be valid!
Here’s more information on how to use a home inspection warranty.
These are just a few of the many reasons why home maintenance is important. By taking the time to perform regular maintenance tasks, you can help keep your home in top condition and save money in the long run. So don’t wait until something breaks to fix it! If you have additional questions and you want to get in contact with GGR Home Inspections please send us a note, text, or call.
Justin Chia is the founder of Justjooz. He seeks to educate everyday people about home improvement, tech, and analytics.