Just like regular oil changes to your car keep your engine healthy and happy, keeping up with home maintenance will keep your family safe and save big money in the long run. Here are a few low-cost updates you should consider adding to your to-do list!

 

Garage

 If your garage door opener was made before 1999, it’ll be a lot easier for folks to break into it. Make sure everything in your garage is up to code, has a secure emergency release and there’s no combustible paint lying around.

 

Carpets

 And we’re not talking about vacuuming. If you want to extend the life of your carpet, it is important to deep clean them at least once a year. Most carpet manufacturers recommend the steam cleaning method.

 

Gutters

 You’d be surprised how easily gutters clog. A simple handful of leaves can cause misdirected water to inflict significant damage to your home over time, such as stained siding, rotting fascia boards, flooded basements, deteriorating landscaping, and even foundation problems.

 

Refrigerator Coils 

When dirt clogs the coils, they can’t release heat properly, causing the compressor to run longer and work harder than it should. Spending just 15 minutes every six months to clean your refrigerator coils will eliminate 70 percent of refrigerator malfunctions, extend the appliance’s lifespan and keep it running at maximum efficiency.

 

Paint

Eventually, all paint chips. It’s unavoidable. Doing a routine touch up to the walls can give the home the impression of a serious facelift.

 

Faucets & Knobs

From faucets to door and drawer hardware, it’s important to replace and upgrade when knobs become outdated or show signs of serious wear and tear.  It’s possible to fix leaky faucets but in the long run, it will cost you less money to replace them with higher quality finishes.

 

Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers are something we often forget about but can be the most important thing in the world in the event that they become necessary. Make sure you regularly confirm that access to extinguishers is not obstructed, that the hose is intact, the pressure dial reads in the green or and the pull pin is securely fastened within the handle and held in place by the tamper seal. If there are visible dents or cracks in the extinguisher body, replace it with a new one.