Not properly maintaining a home could literally cost 10’s of thousands of dollars and pretty much destroy the ROI on selling a home. Here is a list of 6 things to keep an eye on and properly maintain to ensure things don’t get out of hand with your home maintenance expenditures.
Uncheked boilers can severely damage a home from explosion such as the case with one home owner in Duxbury that incurred more than $75,000 in home damages from a boiler that exploded. The story was reported on by BoilerRepair.biz
Water damage can cause a whole plethora of problems. From physical damage to health problems from mold and mildew. Even fire damage, believe it or not. For a complete list.
If the water cannot flow properly through a gutter, it can end up destroying the the roofing materials and seep into the building foundation causing even more damage. Structual damage can result from a blocked gutter that collapse under it’s own increased weight from the blockage. Maintaining the cleansiness of the gutters is imperative since plants and trees can take root (no pun intended) and block water flow in gutters as well.
Pipe maintenance is imperative. Regular inspections under sinks to look for links, pipe cracks forming, etc is smart and will save home owners lots of money. Look up at your ceilings to check for water damage as well. Check faucets for drips and the flapper in the tank of your toilet to make sure it has not worn out. A bad flapper will make a toilet run more often.
This one is a definite health hazard. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America: “A chimney carries dangerous gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace out of your home, helping to keep the air inside breathable. Your chimney should be inspected annually, and cleaned periodically depending upon how often you use it.”
A termite infestation can literally devour the wooden foundations in your home. A pest control specialist could be the difference between a few hundred dollars and several thousands. Make sure you keep a clean and tidy home and always be on the lookout for uninvited creepy crawly “guests.”