The Top 8 Mistakes Homeowners Make with Home Maintenance

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Maintaining your home is important, especially during the summer, but it must be done properly. Lucky for you, we’ve seen all kinds of homeowner mishaps throughout the years, and we want to share them with you so you can avoid them in your home. Check out these common maintenance mistakes and save yourself the unneeded stress in the future!

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  1. Forgoing annual HVAC maintenance - Your home’s heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system should go through a thorough inspection every year. This is vital for keeping your house comfortable and energy efficient.
  2. Improper smoke and/or carbon monoxide detector maintenance - Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors should be installed properly, but also maintained properly. Test your smoke and CO detectors monthly and replace drained batteries immediately.
  3. Ignoring manufacturer instructions - Follow the instructions! Instruction manuals are very important for proper installation of important equipment in your home, they also contain maintenance recommendations and schedules. Adhering to these instructions protects your investment in your home.
  4. Not replacing filters regularly - Remember that the air filters in your air conditioner and furnace need to be replaced regularly according to manufacturer recommendations.
  5. Not keeping gutters clean - Clogged gutters can overflow and cause issues in a hurry. Clean your gutters and downspouts at the start of spring and regularly as needed.
  6. Insufficient cleaning (filters, ducts, vents, carpets, furnace room) - Keeping filters, vents and ductwork clean extends the life of your ventilation equipment and keeps energy costs down, as does vacuuming regularly and keeping your furnace room free of debris.
  7. Hasty measuring during repairs and renovations - The old saying goes, “measure twice, cut once.” Failing to measure carefully when you are making repairs or renovations in your home can lead to a lot of frustration and waste of costly materials.
  8. Skimping on labor costs - Paying cheap rates for poor labor will cost more down the road when you have to hire another contractor to fix the first one’s mistakes.

Of course, there are many other mistakes that have been made in home maintenance, but this list covers some of the more common errors. Generally speaking, as long as you are careful, diligent, and ready to call in professional help when needed, you will be just fine. Please give us a call, if you need help with these issues or anything else you may be experiencing in your home.

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