Having a healthy home

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At the beginning of every year we spend time preparing for great things such as a new exercise program to get in shape or a healthy eating plan to get on track. The intention of eating right, exercising and becoming a healthier version of ourselves are good things to strive for.  While all that planning is taking place to better yourself, have you given any consideration to the health and well-being of your home?   We take for granted all the comforts and conveniences of our home until something like a plumbing issue or heating and air conditioning problem pops up. 

While the resolutions are starting to take shape on the new and improved you, it’s a good time to plan for the not necessarily new, but could be improved version of your home.  There are things that can be done year-round to keep the health of your house in tip-top shape, no matter what the season.  Like with your car, preventative maintenance on your home can save you both money and headaches.

Here are some monthly home improvements ideas that will keep the maintenance of your house on track and easier to manage.

  • replacing the air filters and cleaning the dust from air vents
  • clean kitchen sink disposal
  • clean range hood filters
  • inspect your fire extinguishers
  • remove mineral deposits from faucets and shower heads
  • inspect the tub and sink drains for debris

Once you are in the groove with a monthly plan, you can now move on to bigger and better projects that can be tackled on a quarterly basis.  

  • test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • check your roof to see if any shingles are missing or if trees need to be trimmed away from the roofline
  • give your house a deep clean
  • have windows cleaned
  • professionally clean carpets
  • clean out the gutters
  • clean out your appliances (dishwasher, microwave, oven and washing machine)
  • vacuum the refrigerator coils
  • check grout in the bathrooms, kitchen, etc. and repair/caulk if needed
  • have your fireplace checked out on an annual basis to make sure it is in good working order.

If you want to consider things that an inspector might look for while inspecting a house, here are the top eight things to be aware of: 

  • make sure all outlets, GFCI, and switches work properly
  • replace burned out light bulbs
  • drippy faucets, leaking plumbing, water damage and mold are red flags for greater problems. 
  • give your HVAC a tune-up service to help identify any issues that might need to be repaired. 
  • smoke detectors need to be in working order. 
  • windows should open and close freely and be free of cracks and fogging between panes.
  • any visual signs of pests should be investigated for signs of infestation. 
  • cracks in foundation walls, uneven flooring can point to foundation issues. Check that doors open, close and lock properly.  
  • garage doors must have working safety features.

All of these things will make the space you call home feel like a healthier version of itself.