Every homeowner is interested in keeping--or increasing--the value of their home. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep up with the maintenance of your property. This will help protect your investment, and make it easier when it comes time to sell it.
Fortunately, most maintenance chores are quick and don't require any special skills. Here are some simple maintenance tips that will help keep your home in good shape:
In The Kitchen
Your range hood helps keep your home clean by pulling smoke and grease from cooking out of the air. Be sure to clean the vent filters on your range hood regularly so they don't get clogged with dirt and grease. If you have metal filters, wash them by hand. Disposable filters can simply be replaced regularly.
Check your oven door to make sure it seals properly. This will help ensure you don't lose heat and energy every time you cook. Keeping the drip bowls under your stovetop burners clean will help keep your stove in good condition and help prevent food particles from burning while you cook.
Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in your home. Keep it running efficiently by vacuuming the coils a couple of times a year.
It's easy for food to get caught in your garbage disposal, which can create a bad smell in your kitchen. Remove any large pieces stuck in your disposal, then run ice through it to help clean out any small particles. You can even add salt and vinegar to the ice for extra cleaning power. Freshen your entire kitchen by running a few small pieces of lemon or orange peel through the disposal.
Your clothes dryer is another big, expensive energy-user in your home. Save energy while also protecting your home from fire by vacuuming the lint out of your dryer's exhaust vent at least once a year. If you don't feel comfortable doing this correctly, you can hire an HVAC professional to do this for you.
Protect your home's air conditioner while also keeping your home cooler in the hot summer months by changing your disposable filter at least once a month. If you have a reusable filter, vacuum it out at least once a month. Your air conditioner will run more efficiently, use less energy, and extend its life longer.
By keeping up with these small maintenance projects, you'll protect your home and make it easier to take care of larger issues when they pop up. Particularly if you are getting ready to sell your home soon, keeping up with these maintenance tasks is important.
Get in touch with us here at the Schuck Group for a consultation on selling your home, and we can advise you on projects you can complete in order to increase your home's attractiveness and selling value. We can also help you determine how much your home is worth.