shutterstock_183798164The day that you moved into your home was probably filled with joy and excitement. Thoughts of home maintenance were likely the last thing on your mind. As homeowners settle in, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep on top of maintenance challenges.

If you forget to change the oil in your car, it won’t work properly. The same concept applies to your home. Overlooking even the smallest details can lead to costly repairs or worse. Staying on top of critical home maintenance tasks will help keep your home safe, prevent disaster and ensure system longevity.

Safety is in the details

One of the most overlooked spaces in a home is the laundry area. Uncleaned dryer vents can pose a serious fire risk. It is also difficult to get to spaces behind and in-between washers and dryers where debris and moisture can lead to dangerous mold growth.

If a fire breaks out, it is vital that your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are working properly. Checking the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a monthly basis is recommended and batteries should be replaced twice per year.

Preventing disasters

Damage from disasters like floods leads to more than expensive clean-up. Serious injuries from electrocution can occur as the result of a flooded home, not to mention damage to irreplaceable property. Checking your drains and supply lines for leaks or signs of deterioration can help to prevent home floods. Making sure that your windows and doors are functioning well will also help keep water out and ensure the security of your home.

System Longevity

The better your systems and major appliances are maintained, the better they will perform, and the longer they’ll last. Regularly changing your air conditioner and furnace filters and cleaning areas like your fridge coils and dryer vent will keep your systems running at peak performance level.

Keeping Up with Home Maintenance

Developing a regular maintenance schedule can help you to keep on top of your home maintenance tasks. There are even smartphone apps available that will help to refresh your memory and prevent you from forgetting certain important tasks.

It’s tempting to try to do everything on your own, to save money. While it’s okay to take on some home maintenance projects on your own, when you rely on professionals, you’ll be assured that you’re not overlooking significant home maintenance activities and that the job is being done right. Call Hassle Free Home Maintenance Services to learn more about how easy and affordable it can be to leave your home maintenance chores to the professionals.