Below are several home maintenance tips and tricks you can follow that will help you keep your house looking great for many years to come. These ideas will help maintain your home for years to come and save you money in the long run.
1-Hose Down Your Home
While living in San Diego, one does enjoy the perfect year-round weather that most people from other parts of the Country only dream of. However, homes become very dusty and accumulate a layer of soot. If you don’t get rid of this, your home will look dull and dirty before its time. A home maintenance tip that will help combat this is to either use a blower to blow the dust off or hose it down with the garden hose. You will be surprised at how this will brighten up the home’s exterior. In most cases, it will look like you just gave the home a fresh coat of paint.
2-Replace AC/Heating Filters
If you have central ac, a good way of making sure that your HVAC system lasts a long time without experiencing a glitch is to make sure the filters are replaced every couple of months. Again, San Diego is dusty and if you use your AC or even the heat occasionally, then make sure to put an alert on your calendar that will remind you to do this. This will ensure the longevity of the heating and air system.
If the exterior of your home is stucco, you will notice deterioration or cracks after several years. This is typical of our homes in San Diego. In the North Park, South Park and other parts of the urban neighborhoods, our homes are 100+years old. Even though many of the houses have been remodeled, there is still settling that occurs. If you keep on top of making sure to patch up the stucco chips( as soon as you see it), this will ensure your home’s exterior maintains a fresh look for years to come.
Yes, the weather in San Diego is amazing, but with this being said, the exterior of your home will take a beating sometimes. Whether you have a stuccoed house or wood slats, you must touch up paint as soon as you see it deteriorating. Otherwise, the exterior of your home will need a full exterior paint job sooner than had you stayed on top of it by an occasional touch-up.
4-Caulking Skylights and Bathrooms
Skylights will add lots of charm and light to a home. However, roofs can be very costly when leaks occur. Even a new roof can have leaks when skylights are present. To prevent leaks from happening, it is wise to caulk around the skylights every two years. Another area where caulking is a must in the bathroom. The caulking around the tub gets mucky after several months of daily usage. This carries bacteria and overall looks gross. Recaulking at least once a year will keep your bathroom looking it’s absolute best without having to worry about what lives in your tub.
5-Keep the Drains Clean
The bathroom is a heavily used room, and you should make it a point to maintain the drains every couple of months. Whether you use something such as Drano or use something more holistic such as Vinegar and Baking Soda, your drains will thank you in the long run, and it will keep things running smoothly.
Having a nice clean kitchen to cook in makes all the difference when preparing meals. The one area that most people forget to keep up with is the grout between where the counter meets the wall right behind the faucet. Many times the grout in this area will crack and start to look old quickly. The last home maintenance tip is touching this up with a little regrouting is easy and effective. This will give your kitchen a little facelift with minimal effort.
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