Many people go to the doctor for annual checkups and keep their cars maintained but forget about their biggest investments – their homes!
“The adage, ‘Pay a little now or pay a lot later’ applies to your home,” said Scott Chancellor, our real estate Insider. “Proper maintenance now can save you a lot in the long run.”
Whether you’re trying to sell or not, it’s worthwhile to have a fall and spring checkup of areas such as:
- Heating and Cooling System. Changing the filter is not enough. Hire a professional to ensure it’s working safely and efficiently. If you need a new system, you may find your best deal in the fall when heating/cooling companies aren’t as busy.
- Roof. The blazing sun and high heat of summer can be tough on your roof. Did you know that roofers will give you a free inspection? Roofers also aren’t as busy in the fall and may give you a great deal on any work you need.
- Kitchen and Safety. Clean your range hood filter and the refrigerator’s compressor coils. Inspect fire extinguishers to make sure they’re in good condition. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace their batteries.
- Termites. Check wood areas for termites several times a year and call a professional if you see signs of infestation (i.e. rotting wood or mud tunnels).