Owning a home is a significant responsibility, and there’s more to it than just paying the mortgage. To maintain your property’s value and keep it in tip-top shape, it’s crucial to stay on top of regular tasks and maintenance.
In this blog, we’ll explore 10 essential monthly homeowner tasks that you can’t afford to skip. By incorporating these into your routine, you’ll not only protect your investment but also create a more comfortable and safe living environment.
10. Monthly Home Maintenance Saves Time and Money
Let’s start with the big picture, fam. Home monthly maintenance might sound like a snooze-fest, but trust me, it’s a game-changer. Regular check-ups can spot problems early, preventing them from morphing into costly catastrophes. We’re talking about leaky faucets, clogged drains, and funky smells – no one wants those surprises, right? So, set aside some time each month to give your crib some love.
9. Check Monthly Electricity Cost Appliances
Did you know that some appliances are low-key energy hogs? Yup, they’re like that friend who always forgets to turn off the lights! But don’t worry; you can keep tabs on these culprits by checking your monthly electricity bill. Look out for sudden spikes and identify which appliance is causing the trouble. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to some energy-efficient gear to save both the planet and your wallet!
8. Inspect Attic For Leaks When It’s Raining
Rainy days can be cozy, but they’re also prime time for leaks to sneak into your attic and wreak havoc. To avoid any “waterfall” surprises, grab your raincoat and head up there during a downpour (safety first, peeps!). Check for any suspicious drips or stains. If you spot anything off, it’s time to call in the pros to patch things up. Keeping your attic dry is essential for a happy home.
7. Give Your HVAC System Some TLC
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the unsung hero of your home. It keeps you cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. But, it needs a little love too! Change or clean the air filters monthly to keep the air quality pristine. If you’re feeling extra, schedule a pro check-up to make sure everything’s running smoothly. Your HVAC will thank you with lower energy bills and a longer lifespan.
6. Inspect Your Plumbing for Leaks
Drips and leaks can be the silent assassins of your water bill and your sanity. Give your plumbing a once-over each month. Check for any leaks under sinks, around toilets, and in the basement. Don’t forget to listen for those subtle, ninja-like drips that might be hiding. Fixing these issues early can save you gallons of water and loads of cash.
5. Clean Your Garbage Disposal
Nobody likes a stinky sink, am I right? Your garbage disposal can turn into a stank factory if you’re not careful. To keep things fresh, grind some ice cubes and citrus peels in there every month. It’ll clear out gunk and leave your kitchen smelling like a tropical paradise. A clean disposal is a happy disposal!
4. Test Your Smoke Detectors
Safety first, squad! Smoke detectors are like the guardians of your home, and they need a monthly check-up to stay sharp. Press that “test” button and make sure they’re working like champs. If you hear a weak beep or nothing at all, replace the batteries ASAP. It could save your life!
3. Inspect Your Roof for Damage
Your roof is like the crown of your castle. But it takes a beating from the elements year-round. Climbing up there once a month to check for damage can prevent small issues from turning into roof-crushing disasters. Look for loose or missing shingles, sagging spots, or signs of wear and tear. If you spot any red flags, get a pro up there to fix it.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Gutters may seem like an afterthought, but they play a crucial role in keeping your home dry and damage-free. Leaves and debris can clog them up, causing water to overflow and potentially damage your foundation. Grab a ladder and some gloves, and get rid of that gunk every month. It’s an excellent workout too!
1. Fertilize Your Lawn and Garden
If you’ve got a lush green paradise outside, you’ll want to give it some monthly attention too. Fertilize your lawn and garden to keep them looking Instagram-worthy. Different plants have different needs, so make sure to use the right fertilizer for each. Your neighbors will be jealous of your green thumb skills!
Remember, fam, taking care of your home is like taking care of yourself. Monthly maintenance might feel like a chore, but it’s worth it in the long run. You’ll save money, reduce stress, and have a crib that’s always on point.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.
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