There is a lot of details to basic home maintenance.
Here’s to anyone who has ever felt that should-I-or-should-I-not-wait-to-take-care-of-that-thing feeling.
Seeing that oil change recommendation in your car, noticing a strange smell coming from the drains, etc.
Maybe we just don’t see the necessity of taking care of “that thing” right away, or maybe we feel that we don’t have the time. Either way, that feeling of not knowing when to take care of something can seem worse than the problem at hand.
Here’s the good news, though: it is absolutely possible to know what needs maintenance and when, eliminating that uncertainty and the potential negative consequences of waiting.
Whether you prefer DIY projects or using a specific service, it’s always important to know why we need to change that oil or flush those drains. So, without further ado, let’s look at the whats, whys, and whens of 3 common maintenance needs.
The Three Most Common Home Maintenance Needs
Landscaping includes a wide variety of services, such as lawn care, Fall or Spring cleanup, and overall exterior property maintenance.
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Why landscaping? you might ask. Let’s be honest; many of us just may not feel the need to put our valuable time and efforts into landscaping. This is, however, more important than we might think. Landscaping is a great way to discover and address potential maintenance issues and to give our property that coveted curb appeal. For example, when cleaning around the base of a tree, we may discover that the tree is beginning to rot and is at risk of falling. We could very well save ourselves a good amount of trouble and have that tree removed before it can fall, causing further problems.
Ok, landscaping is important, but when should I get it done?
The best times to get landscaping done are in the Spring and in the Fall. Springtime maintenance and landscaping will set the stage for the rest of the year- especially if you’re planning on planting flowers, shrubs, etc. Any newly planted plants will have the proper time to acclimate to the heat of summer, and this will drastically reduce the amount of effort and time required to maintain your property throughout the coming months.
In the Fall, falling leaves and twigs could become an eyesore and could even inhibit future grass growth. Neglecting to rake leaves or clear brush could also invite unwanted critters and insects to make your yard their new home. No, thank you!
After all, when the snow melts, you will want to have that clean, blank canvas so as not to create even more work for yourself in the Spring.
Janitorial maintenance includes any kind of interior cleaning or safety upkeep.
Many people do an annual Spring cleaning of their homes. While that once-a-year springtime cleaning is a great time to reassess your property’s condition, much like we would routinely take our car to get serviced even before noticing a problem, it’s important to routinely clean you home.
Surfaces should be wiped down daily, bathrooms should be cleaned weekly, and carpets should be deep cleaned every 6-12 months. These areas of the home could be harboring some nasty, harmful bacteria, allergens, and even mold!
Last, but not least, there is the ever-important handyman maintenance. A handyman should be able to help you with household repairs, such as touch-up painting (interior and exterior), fixing drywall, and restoring machines and appliances to working order.
Here’s the deal: typically, many household appliances will come with a warranty, but what happens when that warranty is no longer valid? The excitement of having a brand-new refrigerator or washing machine could be cut short if we don’t take the time to properly maintain them.
Knowing which appliances to clean and when will help them to last longer and will surely save you the heartache of losing that favorite refrigerator or dishwasher.
Below are a few routine maintenance examples to keep appliances operating smoothly.
- Gently clean those coils on the back of the refrigerator once per month.
- Remember to clean that lint trap in your clothes dryer after every load of laundry.
- Clean your dishwasher’s filter (the small cylindrical part at the bottom) at least every other month.
- Inspect your home frequently for any possible leaks to avoid drywall and/or paint damage.
In summation, maintenance may seem like a small matter, but you’ll reap the endless benefits if you put in the time and effort. Knowing the whats, whys, and whens of maintenance will ease uncertainty and minimize negative situations. Whether you are looking for a DIY project or hoping to outsource these tasks, keeping up with landscaping, janitorial, and handyman maintenance will be 100% worth it in the long run.
So, what do you think? Will you be keeping up with your maintenance needs?