Keep up on your investment

For most people a house is the highest ticket item they will ever buy. It is not just an investment, it is home. It is obvious when a major repair needs to be done. Painting the exterior, rebuilding fences that have fallen, or repairing the roof when shingles fall off. But what about those things that are a little less obvious. The things that tend to slip by with time. These unnoticed and compounding situations, if not taken care of, can be a real problem and cost a lot of money.
I have put together a little list of things that are fairly easy to do and in most cases you can do yourself. However; If you are not confident in doing these things yourself, there are many licensed handymen/women, pest specialists, irrigation  professionals, or anyone else you may need out there that can assist. If you don’t know someone, I am more than happy to give references.

-1. Change your air filter for your furnace. This should be done monthly.  Doing this will ease the stress on your furnace and help it to run smoother and last longer.
-2. Check batteries in smoke detectors.  This should be done monthly.  A 9volt battery can save you and your families life
-3. Clean dryer vent.  There is an easy attachment to your drill that is sold at most hardware stores. This can be a fire hazard if not done.  Depending on how often you use your dryer will determine how often this should be done.
-4. Establish rodent or pest control.  There are a lot of things you can do such as ant traps and mouse traps.  It never hurts to have a trained professional spray once or twice a year.
-5. Test sprinkler system and adjust if needed.  This is a great time to get your trees and shrubs all on drip systems.  This is also a great time to make sure all your lawn sprinklers are working and adjusted to the right settings.
-6. Clean yard drains of dirt and debris.  Get those drains clear so they can do what they are supposed to do.
-7. Check for cracking concrete and seal to prevent moisture from increasing damage.  A tube of concrete sealer can be found at most hardware stores.
-8. Touch up exterior paint and trim as needed.  It’s always good to touch up the exterior where it is needed and keep the house sealed
-9. Check outside roofline to find holes where birds or other animals might enter.  These critters are clever and love to make nests wherever possible.