The importance of maintenance is something many first time homeowners learn the hard way. Proper maintenance can help prevent many home catastrophes that end up costing you money and time to repair. Monitoring the major systems in your home and how well they work is one of the best ways to make sure you know exactly what is working properly within your home, and which systems will soon need repair or replacement. Here are some of the basic, simple ways you can maintain and protect your home.
Keep Your Heating and Cooling System Clean
Change any filters in your heating or cooling system regularly to ensure the air quality stays high inside your house. Depending on the age of your home, presence of pets or smokers and other factors, you may have to have the inside of your air vents cleaned to allow the system to work properly. This will not only leave your family more comfortable, it will keep your energy bills lower and reduce the presence of allergens and germs.
Take Steps to Prevent Pest Invasions
With warm weather and a host of tropical creatures living outside our doors, it stands to reason that Central Florida residents have to do regular pest control to keep their homes safe. There are a variety of invasive pests that may attempt to get into your home in Central Florida, including:
The best way to prevent having to undergo a costly and inconvenient extermination effort Is to stop pests from coming inside the home in the first place. A professional pest control service can identify any vulnerable spots in the home where pests can gain entry and seal them for you, as well as perform a regular pest control service to keep critters out.
Evaluate Your Electrical System
If you’ve purchased a historic property, the electrical system may not be ready to support your modern power needs. Some of the telltale signs that your system is overtaxed include:
- Flickering lights
- A circuit breaker that continually flips when used
- Outlets that do not have a built in reset switch
If not properly equipped to handle the amount of power your system uses, an outdated electrical system can cause an electrical fire. A qualified electrician can assess your system for you and give you a solid answer on whether or not it requires an upgrade.
Assess Any Leaks That Exist
Any spots in your home that let in water can be potential starters for mold, and reduce the structural integrity of your home over time. While some pipes will naturally sweat or give off a little moisture, you shouldn’t be seeing water pooling in any spots in your home. If there are pipes that drip or spots in the roof that let drips come through, take note of how much water enters and continue to monitor to ensure it doesn’t get worse.
Maintaining a home doesn’t have to be difficult or costly, particularly if you make these tasks a part of your regular plan. If you’re ready to find your first home, let the Core Group help. Contact us today to see our available properties in the Central Florida area.