Tackle home main­te­nance projects to save money

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

Much like the up­keep on your car, tack­ling home main­te­nance on a reg­u­lar ba­sis will prevent prob­lems from de­vel­op­ing and save you from larger re­pair costs down the road. Some projects should be left to the pro­fes­sion­als, but there are plenty of week­end jobs that any home­owner can eas­ily han­dle, like these:

In­spect your roof and make mi­nor re­pairs. Win­ter can be es­pe­cially hard on a roof. Look for ice, hail or wa­ter dam­age. Re­place any cracked or miss­ing shin­gles and clear any de­bris.

Clean your gut­ters. It’s not glam­ourous work, but your home’s gut­ters play an es­sen­tial role in mov­ing wa­ter away from your home and pre­vent­ing dam­age. Con­sider in­stalling gut­ter guards to en­sure your gut­ters re­main func­tional and free from de­bris.

In­spect win­dows and doors and re-caulk, where nec­es­sary. Be­cause a proper seal is es­sen­tial in both heat­ing and cool­ing sea­sons, this job should be per­formed twice a year to pro­tect against drafts and mois­ture, and to keep in­sects out. Worn weather strip­ping should also be re­placed.

Check your in­su­la­tion. At­tics should be in­su­lated to R50, which can usu­ally be achieved with an in­su­la­tion depth of at least 16 inches. Top up with an in­su­la­tion prod­uct that is wa­ter re­pel­lant and fire re­sis­tant, like Roxul Com­fort­batt. Don’t for­get to en­sure that your base­ment head­ers are in­su­lated prop­erly to prevent over­work­ing your fur­nace and air conditioner.

Other sim­ple jobs in­clude fix­ing leaky faucets, re­pair­ing and re­seal­ing decks, in­spect­ing the foun­da­tion and sched­ul­ing a check-up for your HVAC sys­tem. The key is be­ing hon­est about what you can han­dle and, when in doubt, call in the pros.

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