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by Chris Green
June 28, 2009
Your home is most probably the most expensive investment you will make in your lifetime. More than just a physical structure to protect you from the elements, a good home can be a source of comfort, joy and pride to the owner and his family.

Investing in home maintenance will have long term benefits for you and your family. Home maintenance consumes both time and money. However, this is still a less costly approach compared to having a part of your home crumble or break down. Preventing the occurrence of problems extends the life of your home, lessens the possibility of extensive and expensive repairs and may even save you money on energy costs.

If you must hire a handyman to do the repairs or maintenance, ask your friends or relatives if they could refer one to you. Good handymen are hard to find. One who works hard and well at a reasonable cost is a find one must treasure.

If you are able to do the work yourself and have all the tools at hand, why not maintain your home during the weekend or in your free time? You can save a significant amount of money on labor costs. Plus, you are assured that the quality of work will be up to your standards.

Maintaining your home does not just add financial value to your home but also sentimental value.

Hereâ€TMs a list of a few of the things you should check for each year.

Roof â€" Your roof should be checked for leaks. Be sure to include skylights, chimneys and around vents. Make repairs whenever necessary.

Gutters â€" Make sure that your gutters and drain pipes are clean and debris-free. You should always check when Fall comes around.

Filters â€" Clean or replace your filters each month or whenever necessary.

Safety devices â€" Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are all in perfect working condition. You may be at risk if any of these items are defective.

Refrigerator â€" Make sure the seals are tight. If you can easily pull out a piece of paper or dollar bill after closing the fridge door over the bill or paper, your refrigerator seal needs either a replacement or the latch should be adjusted. You should also keep the coils of the fridge clean.

Faucets â€" Always replace leaky faucets. A leaky faucet can drive up your water bill. Water is a vital resource. Every effort should be made to preserve this resource.

Windows and doors â€" Check the seals. Make sure that your windows and doors are not drafty.

Sidings and paint â€" Check for cracks and holes. You should replace caulk whenever the need arises. A good paint job can also bring new life to an old home.

Basement â€" Check your basement floor and walls for dampness.

Essentially, maintaining your home requires that your vents are free of any blocks, seals are kept tight, holes and leaks are plugged and fixed, safety devices work among other things. And donâ€TMt forget aesthetics when doing regular maintenance checks.

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