Better to Prepare Than to Repair: Where to Perform Preventative Maintenance?
Owning a home comes with responsibilities, if you want to maintain its value and your lifestyle in it. While preventative maintenance on your property is yet another project you have to check off on what seems like an endless ‘things to do’ list, it’s one of the most important ones when it comes to preserving your way of life and saving money.
That said, here are three areas where preventative maintenance is especially critical.
Preventative Maintenance for Your HVAC System
Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord, maintaining the HVAC system should be one of your biggest priorities. Although you can do your part by changing the filter monthly, investing in a preventative maintenance agreement from a local HVAC contractor will ensure your heating and cooling system operates efficiency throughout all the seasons of the year. Not only does this save you money when your utility bill arrives in the mail, conserving energy and saving the environment in the process, but it adds years to how long your HVAC system lasts. That, alone, will pay for the initial investment.
Prepare: Invest in a maintenance agreement to keep your system functionally efficiently.
Repair: Ignoring minor repairs and not performing tune-ups leads to costly replacements.
Preventative Maintenance for Your Backyard
Another area of concern when it comes to maintaining your property is the backyard. This is especially true during the summer, when severe storms can roll in and cause major damage if you aren’t prepared for them. While most homeowners and landlords would rather pocket the money it takes to hire a professional landscaper, any damage as a result of broken branches could be much more expensive – they could fall on the property, on any vehicles near the property or, worse, on someone walking around it.
Prepare: Invest in a tree-trimming service, or do it yourself in a safe manner.
Repair: Ignoring overgrown tree limbs leads to costly property damage.
Preventative Maintenance for Your Rooftop
Climbing to the top of your roof and scouring it for any damage, including water leaks, missing shingles and excessive mold, is intimidating to those with a healthy fear of heights. But that shouldn’t mean you completely forget about the roof and hope it continues to protect you from weather’s fiercest elements. Whether it’s cleaning the algae on the shingles, which feeds on the limestone filler in them and eats through your roof, or checking for water damage, it’s important to do this now to avoid major roof repairs later.
Prepare: Conquer your fear of heights – or hire someone – to check the rooftop often.
Repair: Ignoring small leaks and “just a little mold” leads to a financially filthy repair.
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