One of the most common mistakes of many homeowners is taking their homes for granted. It is very easy to forget the things that you need to maintain around the house until these things stop working. Avoid these hassles by checking out these list that can help take care of your home.

Shutting Off the Main Water, Electricity, Toilet, and Sinks

It is very important that you know how to shut off the main electricity, water, toilets and sinks. This can temporarily fix the problem of having a broken sink, flood, or fire while you call for professional help.

Double-Check your Smoke Detectors

Always test your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working properly. Change their batteries at least once a year. This can ensure safety. Make sure you know how to disable and enable it too.


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Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide can be very harmful to your health. It can cause allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. Make sure you're living in a non toxic environment with high indoor air quality at all times by installing carbon monoxide detectors. You can easily find this at your local hardware store.

Replacing your Home Filters

Things that you may have in your home that have a filter need to be replaced. Furnace filters should be replaced every two to three months. Icemaker filters should be replaced once a year. Water dispenser filters, replace once a year. Coils on your refrigerator or freezer should be cleaned once a year.

What's in your Walls?

If you had a home inspection when you bought your house, pull it out and review what was said about your home (you may catch things that you overlooked before). Is the wiring old? What about the plumbing? Were there signs of current leaks? Drainage issues? Termites? Knowing these things can help you catch safety issues before they become a problem and help you to plan for repairs that seem inevitable.

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Emergency Preparedness

Do you have flashlights, candles, water bottles, etc. should the power go out? It is also important to have a generator. Many can be set up to turn on automatically during a power outage to keep important appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers, up and running.

Keep these tips in mind to ensure you’re always prepared for anything that could happen to your home. Having a well maintained home can also increase its home value. Learn more about this subject by calling me today!

 

Sean Blanchette
(703) 371-5710
Sean@FrontDoorHomes.com

 

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