Maintaining your home is a big responsibility. If you let those responsibilities slide, so will the return on your investment. When you break up the tasks into seasonally appropriate categories you make the job much easier. Maintain your investment now and when you’re ready to sell, you can call me, John Conca at 530-295-2901, and I will have a much shorter list of things you need to do before we can list your home for the highest return possible.
Youtube can be handy tool to help you learn what you need to know to properly maintain your home. Simply go to the site and type in the repair job and browse the videos that come up. Just be sure you don’t get in over your head! Know when to hire a professional.
A Practical App
I recently came across an app for iOS and Android that sends you reminders and timely tips for seasonal home maintenance. It’s called HomeSavvy (previously called HomeAdvisor) and it’s free. Once you download the app, you just answer a series of questions about your home, the app then personalizes their tips to you.
Throughout July, my HomeSavvy app (for Android) reminded me to inspect my dishwasher, check my smoke detectors, and fertilize my lawn. When I click on “fertilize lawn” I get a list of options. The first option is “What you need to know…” and that options gives you everything you need to know about fertilizing your lawn along with steps to follow and helpful tips. The next option is to adjust your reminder settings. Next is “Notes” which is where you can record whatever you need to remember- brand of fertilizer, who you called for help, where you store the fertilizer… And the final option is “Find a Pro to Help” where it finds a suitable professional to hire. At the bottom of the screen after those options you can click the “complete” or “delete” button. If you click the “complete” button you can record the date completed, project cost and more notes to save.
You can use the magnifying glass at the bottom to search through the app’s database for tips and how-to’s on just about any home project that comes to mind without having to wait for it to come up on your reminder calendar.
Here are some important tasks for maintaining your home during the summer months:
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Lower the heating and cooling bills and keep out pests by replacing or repairing weather stripping and caulking around drafty doors and windows.
- Inspect your roof for damage or loose shingles, gaps in the flashing and damaged mortar around chimneys. Have a professional make the repairs.
- Wash windows.
- Inspect your attic or basement for signs of leaks or rodent or insect infestation.
- Build your wood supply, especially if you rely on a woodstove for warmth.
- Fill your propane tank while the weather is warm- prices usually go up as soon as the weather cools off.
- Test and lubricate garage doors. Recalibrate garage door openers, if needed.
- Clean the refrigerator coils. Check your refrigerator manual for directions.
- Check gauges on fire extinguishers and replace or recharge as needed.
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if you haven’t in the past 6 months. Remind family members what to do if the alarms sound.
- Fertilize your lawns.
- Inspect your home exterior- reseal or repair cracks in asphalt or concrete, repaint if necessary. Look at your house with the critical eye of a home buyer.
- Clean siding with a power washer.
- Change flashlight batteries.
- Check around your dishwasher for leaks. If it’s not cleaning well, check the sprayer arm to make sure it is not stuck down by lifting it and spinning it. Here’s more dishwasher troubleshooting help.
- Clean and maintain your decks and porches. Re-stain or repaint as needed. Make sure the supports are not sagging or rotting.
Happy To Help
I can help you with advice or finding a professional when you run into any tasks that need it.
If you don’t yet own your own home and are looking forward to getting started on maintaining your own home, or you just want to buy a new home, you can find new Placerville listings here. I can assist buyers and sellers in all of El Dorado County. Feel free to browse my site and search for your next home.