Has Your Home Become a Dinosaur? Is it Obsolete? 3 Useful Tips to Ensure this Never Happens!

Has your home become a dinosaur? Is it obsolete? 3 useful tips to ensure this never happens!

Most people realize that owning a home comes with ongoing maintenance projects that need to be done.  Problem is, most items get overlooked and it is in our nature to simply not address them until it becomes a major problem.  I recently moved into a 12 year old home that had several issues which were clearly due to a lack of maintenance.  A simple preventative maintenance approach could have saved this seller thousands during our closing.  Here are 3 preventative home maintenance tips which should never be overlooked.

Gutter cleaning and re-pitching should be performed at least once per year.  Some homes might require two cleanings per year depending on the amount of foliage you are subject to.  If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where gutter cleaning is taken care of by the homeowner's association, then you are in luck.  However, neighborhoods like that are few and far between.   After all, the purpose of having gutters is to divert the rainwater from your roof away from your house.  If the gutters are full of debris or the downspouts are clogged, the gutters do not function properly and the water from your roof may go under your house, potentially compromising your foundation or flooding your basement.  Clogged gutters can also lead to water damage to your wood trim and siding.  The idea is that spending a little money on preventative maintenance will avert expensive repairs.  In most cases, those gutter repairs can reach $150 -$800 or more!  You can hire a professional company which will include this service in a preventative maintenance package for pennies on the dollar.  See www.safegc.com/sg/gold-maintenance-signup for more information on this service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning is by far one of the most overlooked home maintenance items.  "Lint and debris can build up in the clothes dryer vent blocking air flow and creating potentially hazardous conditions including the possibility for an exhaust fire or carbon monoxide intrusion (gas clothes dryers).  The U.S. Fire Administration, National Fire Data Center reports that there are over 12,700 home fires per year associated with clothes dryer fires resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries, and 88 million dollars in property loss.”  Fire can destroy your home and all of its possessions in less than 1 hour.  Don't become a statistic; hire a professional to complete this easy home maintenance item on an annual basis.  Keeping this clean will also work wonders for your electric bill and keep your dryer functioning at peak performance, prolonging its life.  Visit www.safegc.com/sg/gold-maintenance-signup/ to ensure this does not happen to you.

Window and door trim caulk is one of those items usually left to the professionals.  It can be tedious, time consuming work and if not installed properly can cause more harm than good.  Energy prices are on the rise across the nation.  As a result, heating costs will consume an increasingly larger portion of a household's energy budget.  That's why it's important to have a professional check your home to insure that your heating dollars aren't being wasted.  By preventing leaks, you keep in valuable heat and make your home more comfortable while keeping those escalating energy bills at bay.  Caulking is used to fill gaps and cracks that may appear in walls and where different types of materials are joined.  Repairing caulk should be one of those maintenance projects performed around the house every year.  It not only saves on heating and air conditioning bills, it prevents moisture and even insects from entering your walls and infiltrating your home.

By implementing these three tips, you guarantee yourself a savings of $350 -$1,275 in repair and maintenance costs each year.  Couple that with a cost effective preventative home maintenance plan and the savings go up significantly, $1,335 - $3,575 in savings each year.  For less than $2.50 per day, you can have a reliable, trusted, ethically stable company perform all of the above mentioned items, plus much more.  Visit www.safegc.com/sg/platinum-maintenance-signup and let the professionals take the worry of home maintenance away!

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Kevin Schultz March 08, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Thank you for your comment. We actually encourage homeowners to be proactive and perform these services themselves. In fact, we offer helpful tips and suggestions on how to perform all types of home maintenance items on our website, www.safegc.com. For those who don't have the time, don't have the energy or simply can't, we do offer a menu of services they can choose from.
Father of 2 teenagers March 08, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I see nothing on your site about dryer vent cleaning.
Mike Francis March 08, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Thank you for your response Kevin. That sound much more reasonable.
Kevin Schultz March 08, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Thank you for reaching out regarding our dryer vent cleaning. This information is available to all users by simply clicking on the complementary maintenance box (flashing red) on our home, then entering your first name and email address. Completing this step, will give you access to our library of educational materials. As an educational contractor, providing this free service takes valuable company resources. By asking our users to sign up and log in, we can validate that our resources are being used wisely. Check in frequency as updates happen daily.
Thiago DaLuz October 21, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Our Wheaton IL air conditioning I think has made all the difference in keeping our house from feeling that old. I'm surprised by how much of an impact it can make. http://www.borterheating.com/services.htm


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