This year, why not make getting your home in shape part of your plans? As we move into the new year, many of us resolve to get our bodies into shape. But if you are planning to sell your home, it is a great idea to make sure that it is in shape. And just like with our bodies, the best thing to do is to keep our homes in shape continuously through regular checkups and updates, monitoring and maintaining.
Here are some areas that need attention regularly.
- Faucets and taps: A dripping or leaky faucet can be annoying, but more than that, it can cause other issues in your home. Dripping water leaves behind deposits of rust and calcium that can stain and age your sinks and basins. The constant drip can also leave deposits around the surface of the faucets. These cause buildups that blocking the steady flow of water. If the buildup remains on your fixtures, it may develop into corrosion and damage the metal. Depending on the type of fixture, replacements can cost several hundred dollars. If it is the shower that drips, you’ll find yourself replacing your shower head often. Instead, check the washers and tighten the fittings. If necessary, call in the big guns. A plumber or savvy handy helper can save you lots of grief in later repairs and cleaning. And, that steady drip can be costing you in other ways too … your water bill.
- Irrigation system: While we’re on the subject of water, check those sprinkler pipes and heads. An underground leak is not only costly to your utility bill, but it can damage landscaping and, if it is near your foundation, cause issues there too. Schedule a yearly check-up with a qualified irrigation expert to make sure a freeze didn’t burst something. Before you do extensive landscaping, make sure you know where your sprinkler pipes are.
- Water heater: Once a year, take the time to completely drain your water heater tank to clean out built-up deposits. Check the fittings, too, to make sure that they are sealed and snug. The last thing you want is a leak with water spewing all over your garage, basement, or attic.
- Pools and Hot-tubs: If you winterized your pool or hot tub, make sure to check all pipes and seals before filling them. Cold weather can crack pipes and fill spouts, so consider having a pool specialist check it over.
Thinking of selling?
If you’re planning to sell your home shortly, take these steps to maintain it. Then check out our selling information here. And give us a call.
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