Homeownership, while undeniably exciting, can also be something of a drag. There are seemingly endless chores that must be done around the house to keep any property well-maintained and perfectly manicured. This can get overwhelming at times, especially if you have a busy schedule and struggle to fit housework into your everyday routine amid work, family responsibilities, hobbies, and other commitments!
In this helpful guide, you will discover how you can conquer basic home maintenance on a schedule, fitting it into your life in a reasonable fashion that won’t cause you to feel undue stress. As you continue reading, you’ll see details about how to fit important residential upkeep tasks into your regular routine.
Every month, you should…
Check HVAC filters – Because interior air quality is key to your family’s health, checking your air filters every month is an important task that really doesn’t take much time! If you notice that your filters need to be replaced, simply pop a new one in and you’re set for another month. If you don’t want to have to go to the store on a monthly basis, stock up on the right air filters for your furnace and cooling systems.
Clean your garbage disposal – Over time garbage disposals can begin to smell unpleasant. One easy way to keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean is to put ice and a small amount of vinegar (usually one to two tablespoons will do the trick) down the disposal on a monthly basis.
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors – In order to keep your family safe and secure in your home, it is wise to test all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors each month for peace of mind. If you find out one of them has stopped working, replace the batteries immediately.
Every three months, you should…
Check little-used rooms in your home – Most families have certain rooms in their homes that don’t get much use for one reason or another. Perhaps, for example, you have a guest room that only gets used a couple of times per year. Check these spaces every few months to make sure everything is in good working order. Flush toilets, run faucets, and generally air out the space.
Clean your windows – Some Carolina homeowners prefer to clean their windows more than once every three months, but if you don’t have time for more frequent cleanings, once a quarter is generally sufficient to keep windows in sparkling condition!
Every six months, you should…
Deep clean your house – Deep cleaning your home may seem like a pain, but it is well worth the effort, especially if you live in an area of the Carolinas that has cold, snowy winters. Over these dreary months, dirt and debris can inadvertently get tracked through your house, leaving unexpected grime on surfaces.
Check your roof for damage – Because most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time on their roofs, they don’t necessarily notice damage right off the bat. Twice a year, it is wise to inspect your asphalt shingles for damage from hail stones, and for any other noticeable problems.
If you discover your home needs some type of exterior renovation, the team at Hatch Homes is always here to help!