Home maintenance may not be the most exciting task on your to-do list, but it’s essential to keep your property safe and comfortable. Regular upkeep helps you identify potential problems before they require major repairs. Taking a few simple steps today can save money and stress in the long term. Here are a few of the best preventative home maintenance tasks to keep your house in good condition.

1. Check the Roof During Annual Preventative Home Maintenance

Keeping your roof in good condition is essential. Have an expert inspect your roof regularly for signs of wear or damage. Clear fallen limbs and algae growth from the roofing materials and remove debris from gutters and downspouts. Overflowing gutters can cause water problems inside the house.

2. Clean the Dryer Vent

It’s essential to clean the dryer lint trap after every use. The combination of heat from the appliance and the lint can lead to a house fire. You’ll also need to clean the vent that leads from the back of your dryer to the outside of the house. Clogged vents can also cause fires due to lint buildup.

3. Change the Air Filters

Clean air filters are essential for a healthy home. They improve the air quality in your home and keep the HVAC system from working too hard, and can save you money on energy bills. Check and replace your air filters every 30 to 90 days or as recommended by the manufacturer.

4. Examine Windows and Doors

Check the caulking and weatherstripping around your windows and doors at least once a year. If either is worn or damaged, replace it with new material from your local hardware store. Intact weatherstripping will keep out pests and reduce energy costs by insulating the home better.

5. Check for Pests During Preventative Home Maintenance

Pest infestations can cause serious damage to a home, and they can be difficult to eliminate once they’ve moved in. Regularly inspect your home’s interior and exterior for evidence of pests like termites, mice, and ants. If you find signs, call a pest control expert to treat the issue.

Regularly completing these preventative home maintenance tasks will help you maintain a healthy, safe home and avoid costly repairs. Some tasks are easy enough to tackle on your own but consult with a professional if you need advice or have questions. With consistent attention and care, your home will be in great shape, and you’ll maintain the property’s value.

Porch Light Home Inspections provides inspection services to customers in the central Oregon area. Contact us to request an appointment.