Nipped in the Bud

Preventive Maintenance Projects for a Problem-Free Home Living You may have heard the expression “a stitch in time saves nine.” Taken literally, it means fixing a minor issue with your clothes will help you avoid bigger clothing expenses down the road. Well, what’s true for fashion is also true for your home. When it comes to housing expenses, routine home maintenance actually ends up costing households less over the long run than unforeseen emergency repairs. Look around your home, and you’ll see the clear financial wisdom of preventive maintenance. A few hours spent cleaning vents could save hundreds in climate control costs; a few dollars’ worth of caulk could help you avoid thousands in water damage. One study by the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University indicates that maintenance slows down home depreciation — the rate at which your property loses value — by 1% a year. That’s not even counting the health issues and injuries you can prevent. With that in mind, here is a rundown of the different issues homeowners should keep an eye out for, along with some tips on when they should be checked. Heating and Cooling Systems Photo courtesy of Pexels via Pixabay The months leading up to winter and summer are generally the most critical times to check on your climate-control appliances. In other words, spring is the ideal time to do maintenance on your air conditioners and other cooling appliances, while fall is the best time for your heating systems. But given the […]