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This Fall, Conduct a Home Checkup


For most folks, owning a house is just about the biggest investment they’ll ever make.  Surprisingly, however, many people follow the policy of:  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”


The worry only starts when something stops working.  But that approach is simply a “crisis in waiting.”  Something will surely go wrong.  The only question is when.


Regular home maintenance is your best choice for staying ahead of needed repairs, and the practical aspects are undeniable.  It maintains the value of your property, makes your home easier to sell and makes it more comfortable in the meantime.  Perhaps most importantly, regular home maintenance keeps small repairs from becoming large, expensive ones.   


Conducting a home checkup every six months can help you detect problems.  Inspect your home thoroughly and look for pressing needs.  This could include painting walls and doors, cleaning roof and gutters, as well as replacing warped or worn shingles.  


Watch for these other areas too: 


§  Home comfort system – Furnaces and central air conditioning systems last for about 15 years.  After that, you tend to pour so much money into repairs and energy costs that, truly, you’ll end up saving in the long run by installing a newer energy-efficient system.  Also, regular maintenance is designed to keep your system running smoothly year in and year out. 


Schedule your regular maintenance here.

§  Water heater – Ideally, you’d want to start shopping for a new one when yours is 7 years old. Doing some research before your water heater fails will help you select one that best meets your needs.  For example, a new water heater which comes with a thick insulating shell may cost more initially than one without insulation, but the energy savings will continue during the lifetime of the appliance.

§  Attic insulation – You may not spend much time in your attic, but don’t let the principle of “out of sight, out of mind” cause you to underestimate how much that area is affecting your home energy bills.  Because air leakage is a leading cause of energy waste, insulating your attic can make a big difference in energy efficiency.


§  Safety devices – Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as any fire extinguishers, to make sure they’re in good working order.  Replace alarm batteries every six months.



Schedule your Fall home comfort system checkup here.