Your home’s maintenance can often get put on the backburner, and by no fault of your own. Life, work, family —it’s easy to push your home’s maintenance to the lowest spot on the totem pole, especially when your home looks and feels like it’s working just fine.
Nevertheless, maintaining your home is one of your primary responsibilities as a homeowner, and good home upkeep can prolong the life of many of the systems in your home. It also helps to keep and add value to your property. But what’s the busy, working professional to do?
The answer is to put your home’s maintenance on autopilot. With a little bit of preplanning and your resolve to buckle down when maintenance calls, you can keep your home in tip-top shape without feeling overwhelmed.
Follow these steps to put your maintenance on autopilot:
Step #1: Organize Tasks by Season
One of the best ways to stay ahead of home maintenance is to organize tasks by season. This will ensure you’re not racing to clean the gutters before a heavy downpour or that you get stuck in the winter with a malfunctioning furnace.
Below are some of the basic tasks you should do during each season, but feel free to add others that fit your particular style of home.
- Check the drainage around your home. This includes gutters and downspouts, as well as making sure water can easily move away from your home and won’t pool up in undesirable areas.
- Inspect the exterior of your home. Look for any damaged siding, cracks or general wear and tear, and make repairs as needed.
- Consider having your air conditioning serviced in preparation for the hot summer months.
- Clean windows and screens and repair any areas of concern.
- Inspect your roof for any signs of wear and tear, and consult with a professional for any needed repairs.
- Clean and repair deck and patio, as needed.
- Summer is a playground for pests and insects. Take care of any pest problems you may have and take preventative measures.
- Check and clean dryer vents and other exhaust vents on your home.
- Flush your water heater and check for any signs of age or deterioration.
- Get your heating system ready for winter. Consider hiring a professional for an inspection.
- Get your chimney cleaned if you have one.
- Get ready for winter —purchase supplies like sidewalk salt, shovels, etc.
- Inspect your attic’s insulation and watch for any areas that might need replacement.
- Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
- Insulate any exposed plumbing in your attic, garage, basement or exterior of your home.
Step #2: Choose Your Technology
With so much technology available to us, Step #2 towards putting your home maintenance on autopilot is to choose a technology that will alert you when it’s time to take care of these (and other) maintenance tasks.
Apps like HomeSavvy, ChorePad, and HomeRoutines can be used to build home maintenance to-do lists, and the app can alert you based on your preferences. You can also use Google Calendars to set email and phone reminders to keep you on task.
Even if you write a list and put it on your fridge, taking the time to organize your tasks into a list and prioritize them by season will keep you organized and knowing what’s next.
Step #3: Resolve to Take Action
Once you’ve taken the steps to put your home’s maintenance on autopilot, it’s time to resolve to take action. When that buzzer rings or that email reminds you it’s time for a maintenance task, don’t let the time pass. Home maintenance only becomes overwhelming when it piles up.
Perhaps you set aside one weekend a month that’s dedicated to home maintenance. Whatever your schedule, your home will thank you.
When in Doubt … Glasshouse
Whether you’re simply too busy to commit to home maintenance or don’t have the energy or ability to stay on top of it, there’s another way! The real autopilot is Glasshouse.
By subscribing to our home maintenance services, you’ll never have to think about checking your water heater or changing air filters again. Glasshouse offers routine check ups, repairs and updates, and can deal with problem areas around your house before any permanent damage is done. We have pre-set maintenance schedules that ensure your home is kept in tip-top shape.
To learn more, connect with our team today or reach out to your contractor or builder for more information on home maintenance services.