It’s nearly the end of the year! While most other homeowners will probably be in the throes of party planning or attending parties, the smartest of homeowners will be preoccupied with something else. That’s right. Smart homeowners will be doing some final checks and quick remedies on home components. While that doesn’t seem like much, it’s those little checks that save them thousands of dollars in service and repair costs.
If you would like to save money as well, let’s go through some diagnostic and quick remedies you can do before the year ends.
Check the water heater for any build up
Something that most homeowners may not realize is that sediment can build up over time at the bottom of the tank. This can lead to corrosion and problems. The smart homeowner will make a habit of partially draining the tank as it will remove the sediment and adds years of life to the heater. This also ensures that your heater will run smoothly and can cut back on your heating bill.
Secure the ductwork connections
Anyone with a working heating and cooling system will have ducts in their home. Do avoid any leaks or other issues, it’s important to make sure that your ducts are secure and aren’t sagging or loose. Loose connections means that your heating and cooling system isn’t as effective as air is escaping in other areas and not directly into the living space like it’s supposed to.
Appraise their homeowner’s insurance policy
A common overlooked task is home insurance. Savvy homeowners will always include a review of the insurance during the annual checklist. Double checking whether or not your policy will continue to cover weather hazards like hail and wind is always a smart move. Reviewing the deductibles and what any out of pocket costs may amount to in order to have a wall repaired or replaced because of storm damage will help lay the groundwork for a safety net so no sudden surprises can occur.
Look out for any water damage
Spotting signs of water damage will help alleviate any large costs that an otherwise undetected prevailing issue will accrue. So, smart homeowners will keep an eagle eye out for any evidence of water damage around sinks and plumbing fixtures. Don’t forget that water damage also comes with symptoms of mold or bubbling paint on drywall.
Monitor the growth of trees and landscaping
Seasons can be tough on trees. Winter, particularly, can cause trees to become brittle and break. Checking the roots of trees will be a good habit to build as well. Any dislodged roots can be a sign that your tree is about to take a fancy into leaning in a certain direction. Before this happens, it’s important to check if you have any trees or shrubberies that require trimming. Circumventing any issues before they happen is a trade secret of smart homeowners.
Appraise their windows
Since its cold now in most states, window frames can swell. When the cold goes away the windows will go back to their original state. This is a good chance to check if there are any existing gaps that need to be filled. Gaps are the last thing you’d want as they’d let in drafts and cost you extra in heating and cooling. On a more dangerous note, gaps are the best friend of any prowlers or burglars. Gaps can be filled with mortar, frame sealant, and decorators caulk.
These are just a few items in the smart homeowner’s checklist. You still have a few days before the year ends, so do yourself a favor and checkup on your home—it’ll be one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself.