Preserve your investment. Your home is likely your largest asset. By taking precautionary measures such as maintenance, repair, and cleaning systems and fixtures throughout your home, you’ll preserve your investment for the years to come! Here is a list of my top seven maintenance items for Homeowners in the PNW:
1. Service & Clean Your HVAC
I’d recommend doing this annually. Your HVAC (Heating, Cooling and Ventilation) system is one of the most used systems in your home and can be a costly replacement. Servicing and cleaning your HVAC will increase the longevity of the system. Keep in mind, heat pumps and A/C units can only be serviced in particular temperatures. Be mindful of the time of year and weather when scheduling your HVAC cleaning.
Bonus Points: If you have a furry family member get your ducts cleaned every 1 or 2 years. This will make help with the air quality (and smell!) of your home.
2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
3. Clean Your Dryer Vent
You should do this twice a year at least. A clogged dryer vent is a fire hazard to your home. Homeowners can do this by removing the lint from the duct by hand and then vacuuming the inside of the duct. Use hose extensions, if available, to vacuum out as much of the duct as you can.
Bonus Tip: when you get your air ducts cleaned, have the specialist clean the dryer vent as well!
4. Winterize Your Outdoor Water Spigots
5. Caulk and Seal
6. Seal Nature Stone Countertops
7. Paint or Stain
Paint or stain wood decks (this includes caulking and flashing replacement as needed). Use a high quality paint or stain. Wood materials can deteriorate quickly in PNW weather.