Owning your own home is incredibly rewarding and exciting, but your investment comes with a lot of home maintenance. Not only will regular maintenance help you protect your investment, it will also keep everything in and around your home safe. Let’s take a look at some tips on how to maintain your home and keep your property safe for you and your family.
1. Radon Testing
Radon is present in every region of the United States. This naturally-occurring, dangerous gas can seep up from the earth that is underneath your home and enter your home by way of cracks in your foundation or other small areas that you might not even know exist, like around pipes or your sump pump. There are professional home inspectors that can come test your home for elevated levels of radon to ensure you and your family are safe. Ongoing contact with radon can cause a number of harmful health conditions and diseases like lung cancer.
2. Roof Maintenance
On average, a roof on a home will last about fifteen to twenty years depending on the quality of materials used and the quality of labor during installation. Over time, high winds, snow, and ice can wear down the shingles on your roof and you may find you’re even missing a few. The roof isn’t an area of your home you often check on and rightfully so, it isn’t safe up there unless you are a professional who knows what they are doing. Hire a professional inspector every few years to inspect your roof. You can repair any damage detected by the inspector, which will ensure that your home stays protected from the elements and may also extend the life of your roof.
3. Add On A Security System
Regardless what type of area you live in, a security system is a great investment to make. You may even be able to reap the benefits of lower homeowners insurance by investing in a security system. You can decide what level of security you need, whether it be cameras both inside and outside or just a little extra monitoring on your porch or back patio.
4. HVAC Maintenance
The HVAC system in your home is responsible for keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Also, your furnace is a big factor in how healthy your indoor air is. A regular check of your HVAC system and a cleaning of your ductwork and vents will ensure that your indoor air is free of particles like mold spores, dust, dander, pollen and more. This maintenance should be done approximately once per year. If you don’t make sure that everything is functioning optimally inside your HVAC system then you could be decreasing the overall efficiency of your furnace which will raise your monthly utility bills and decrease the lifespan of your unit.
Home Maintenance for Increased Safety and Longevity
When you purchase a home you take on the responsibility of home maintenance. You invested a lot of your time and money to buy your house so you owe it to yourself to keep up with everything inside and outside of the home. Regular home maintenance will save you expensive repairs in the long run and you will be able to rest easy at night knowing that everything is in working order.
American Home Inspections Tennessee provides inspection services including home maintenance inspections and radon testing to Middle Tennessee. Contact us to schedule your appointment for any of our services.