Owning a home can be more work than most people realize. If you don’t diligently keep up with your home maintenance projects, they can soon turn into big problems that will be too much for you to handle on your own and your only choice will be to hire a contractor. Proper maintenance of your home can help to save you drama, stress, hassle, time, and money in the long run!
Inspect Your Home For Infestations
On a regular basis, you should take the time to inspect your home for infestations. Insects, birds, rodents, and a number of other pests can cause a ton of damage to your home in a very short amount of time. Regularly inspecting your home can help you to avoid money and time wasted. During your inspection, start by looking for small holes in your exterior walls, roofs, under hands, or entry points such as pipes or open vents. Make sure you immediately cover any holes found, or repair them if necessary. Next, remove any nesting materials you find, and keep old building materials, branches, and bushes far away from the foundation of your home. If you find any signs of infestation, address them immediately to prevent further damage.
Rust, Rot, and Mold
A lot of homeowners are quick to forget about rust, rot, and mold when they find them. They’d rather not put the money towards fixing these problems, thinking that they won’t cause further damage or that they will go away on their own. This is ridiculous, and can cause a lot of heartache in the long run. When you see any rust, rot, mold, or any damage caused by them, call a contractor to repair it as soon as it’s found. These things happen naturally as your house and fixtures become older, and addressing these issues now can prevent the problem from causing irreparable damage or spreading further than when you found it.
Storm Coming? Gear Up!
Storms are something that can’t be avoided, but the damage caused by them can at least be minimal. Start by trimming away any limbs that could fall on the house, garage, or shed. Keep them trimmed year round so that you are never caught by surprise. If you know that a large storm is coming, make sure that anything outside is secured or sheltered somewhere. This includes trashcans, trampolines, swings, etc. After a storm has finally passed, check your home and property thoroughly for damage. If any is found, address it as soon as possible to avoid the damage becoming worse. This is especially important with water damage, which spreads quickly and can cause a lot of problems later on down the line if not properly addressed.
Try to remember that maintaining your home is always easier than repairing it. While sometimes repairs cannot be avoided, the majority of the time, they can be. If you have any questions about home maintenance, or if you need to hire a contractor to do some work on your home (whether it be repairs, maintenance, or renovations), call us at the Bailey Building Company at 417-887-6177. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with anything you need. We look forward to hearing from you!
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