When you're a homeowner, your to-do list never gets completely checked off. But in addition to the endless chores, upgrades and repairs, it's important to make a checklist of proactive minor maintenance jobs. They might not feel terribly urgent, but by taking regular care of theses areas of your home, you could save yourself a big headache and a lot of money down the road. Avoid leaks, mould and even fires with these routine maintenance tips and tasks.
Clean your gutters
Yes, it's time consuming and they are often hard to reach, but cleaning your gutters at least twice a year is important if you want to avoid paying for repairs later. Putting off cleaning the leaves and debris from your gutters can lead to damage to your roof, leaks and mould, and could ruin your ceilings and walls. If you don't want to get up your ladder, pay a professional to do the dirty work for you.
Clean your dryer vent
We're not just talking about removing the lint after every couple of laundry loads. In addition to cleaning your lint filter, it's also important to routinely clean your dyer vent to avoid a dryer fire. You'll need to shut your dryer off and remove the exterior vent cover to properly clean it, so make sure you watch a video and follow instructions closely or hire a handyman.
Clean your exhaust hood
The fans in your kitchen and bathroom serve a vital role in ventilating your home by removing smells and moisture, but they're not self-sustaining . Every so often (we'd recommend at least once a year), you'll need to remove them, take them apart and clean them according to the manual's instructions. Your kitchen hood sucks up a lot of cooking grease and it may be gummed up, so allow plenty of time to soak.
Re-grout your bathroom and kitchen tiles
It might seem like your bathroom tiles turned into a crumbling, mouldy mess overnight - but in actual fact, the wear and tear has been slowly happening over a much longer period of time. Regularly re-grouting any peeling or cracked tiles in your bathroom and kitchen keeps moisture out which can lead to mould and mildew.