With 2020, a year of endless uncertainty, behind us, we wish you the full optimism, energy, and momentum that comes with the arrival of a brand-new year! We would like to share with you this list for the new year and, as we do so, we are convinced that maintaining your property should be the foundation of 2021. Do property upgrades and maintenance figure into your 2021 New Year’s resolution? Here are some suggestions for consideration in your property related resolutions:
Restore power to any dead outlets.
Check out the outlets in your home annually. Are they working? If you find some of your power sources are dead, we recommend that you get them fixed. Now’s also a good time to check that you have GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) receptacles with those “Test” and “Reset” buttons near any plumbing fixtures.
Clean out exhaust fans to prevent mold.
Fans in your home help clean out smells and moisture, but if they can’t do their job efficiently, you run the risk of mold. Once a year, take the time to remove and clean your exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchen, etc. This will keep the hardware running smoothly, and the moisture out of your home.
Regrout or recaulk your tub, showers, and bathroom fixtures.
Whether you have grout or caulk as a filler between your tiles in the bathroom, it will exhibit signs of wear and tear over time. If you notice any crumbling, peeling, or mildew, it’s probably time for a touch-up. This will also avoid costly water leaks and drywall/plywood replacement on floors, walls and ceilings.
Double check your gutters downspout.
Take a look around the perimeter of your home to check for downspouts that have become detached from your home. If downspouts become detached or faulty, water will not get directed away from the home and can lead to water intrusion or even foundation issues.
Touch up exterior paint.
Let’s face it, when it comes to houses, most of us judge a book by its cover. Touching up the paint job on exterior of your home adds curb appeal points, but also keeps moisture and wood rot at bay.
An ounce of prevention…
Home maintenance can seem like an avalanche of to-dos at first, but remember, you have Three Pillars Home to assist. The key is not waiting until there’s an issue to do something. A little prevention will go a long way when it comes to home maintenance.