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Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

by Cheryl Douglas 06/09/2019

Once you are a homeowner, you now are responsible for all the maintenance on your property. How often and what time of year to do any of those maintenance or repairs can be a mystery if you have never owned a detached single-family home before. Creating a schedule for all those things that you need to check on around the property and inside your home may be helpful. Keeping a repair/maintenance journal to track projects can give you peace of mind. This schedule, or journal, can be a simple handwritten notebook or spreadsheet saved on your computer.

Keeping up the Outside 

Your roof, siding, and fences take on all the year-round weather; visually inspect each of them at least once a year. According to NAHB, the National Association of Home Builders, your roof should be examined by a qualified roofer once every three years. Keeping any landscaping from rubbing up against the siding and cleaning the siding once a year helps to prolong the life of the materials. Fences in good working order secure your property and maintain curb appeal. Gutters and your downspouts need to be kept clear to work properly; so, they may require more frequent inspections during the year to ensure they are functioning well. In-ground sprinkler systems can experience cracked water lines in hard freezes. Sprinklers can also get damaged by lawn mowers or weed trimmers so test the system before winter set in and at the beginning of the watering season to ensure the system is in good repair. Larger trees and shrubs that are vulnerable to damaging property in inclement weather conditions so, keeping them healthy and trimmed can prevent possible damage. 

Keeping up the Inside

Furnace, air ducts, dryer vents, these all need to have regular inspections and maintenance done. The interior items can be checked on anytime during the year but having a consistent routine increases the chance those checks get completed. Checking the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month is good but, actually testing them is better. Have an annual chimney checkup from a professional to give you the all clear for those fireplaces. Larger appliances may need occasional checkups to keep them running efficiently. Keeping the mechanics of your home at optimal operating condition will not only provide for the longevity of that appliance but save you money on your utility bills.

About the Author
Author

Cheryl Douglas

Having lived in the Sullivan area for 55 years, I have been selling real estate for 43 years. My education was received from Sullivan High School and I have a BS from Univ of MO-Columbia in Accounting. I did Internal Auditing for the government in St. Louis, as well as in Saudi Arabia, where I lived from 1978 to 1980. I have two sons, Eric, 40 and Shannon, 36. Golfing, fishing, traveling, time with my friends and family and real estate are what I enjoy most. Having done rehabbing and investing myself, I am able to apply my personal experience in helping you. I also specialize in creative financing and helping the first time homebuyer. I am a member of the MO Asso of Realtors-, Franklin County Bd of Realtors, Lifetime Member Multi-Million $$ Club, CRS(Certified Residential Specialist) and earned a GRI(Graduate of Realtor Institute)designation. I`ve attended St. Matthews Lutheran Church for 55 years as well as participated in many community functions. I enjoy people and would like to meet you. Please give me a call for your real estate needs.