6 Ways Routine Maintenance Saves Big Later

6 Ways Routine Maintenance Saves Big Later

May is National Home Improvement Month. It’s a great time to give your home some much needed TLC. Your home is your happy place, where you escape, make memories and relax. It’s also most likely your biggest financial asset. It deserves the same kind of loving attention you give your family, friends, and pets. By taking care of your property on a regular basis, you can save yourself time and money down the road. Routine property maintenance also increases your home’s resale value.

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Routine maintenance is good for your wallet. It’s estimated that every dollar of deferred maintenance results in $4 in future repairs. You can avoid large-scale repair jobs if you catch manageable issues before they go south. If damage is left undetected and things get out of hand, costs can skyrocket quickly. For example, the cost to replace a gutter system averages around $1,100. A new roof can cost around $8,700 and can go much higher depending on area and material. New siding can cost well over $10,000 depending on the size of your home. To avoid hefty expenditures, it’s important to stay on top of routine maintenance. 

Here are some common areas of your home where maintenance efforts now can really pay off.

1. Roof

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, including rain, wind, hail, snow, and ice. Having your roof inspected on a regular basis keeps you ahead of the game. Addressing minor maintenance issues before they get out of control will save you thousands on costly repairs later. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends getting a roof inspection at least twice a year after the hottest and coldest seasons and after any major storm or weather event. 

2. Siding

Your siding endures the brunt of damage from the elements. It is always on the front-line fighting mother nature. Routine maintenance mitigates future damage before it occurs. Cracks and holes in your siding can cause energy leaks and skyrocketing electric bills. Damage can also lead to moisture problems and mold growth, which can lead to the interior of your home.

3. Gutters

Without proper maintenance, gutters can become blocked, causing massive damage to your property and huge headaches for homeowners. Clogged gutters can cause structural damage in the foundation, roof damage, leaks, and ice dams. Gutters should be cleaned and inspected two times every year. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional to do the job, consistency is key. It’s recommended to do this every spring and fall.

4. HVAC

It’s important to have your system checked to ensure it’s working properly. Also make sure to change your filter on a regular basis. Home Advisor suggests cleaning or replacing your filter every single month. Replacing your air filters regularly not only extends the life of your HVAC system, it can also lower your energy consumption by up to 15%, which means you pay less each month and less over time.

5. Plumbing Lines

With plumbing lines, out of site should not mean out of mind. Unchecked lines can lead to backups, leaks and major damage over time. Check your sinks and tub drains for debris and clean your faucets and shower heads to remove mineral buildup. Also, don’t forget to change filters, replenish salt in water softeners, flush your hot water heater and clean your garbage disposal. It’s recommended to do this every six months. Quarterly is even better.

6. Safety Systems

It’s important to remember to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every six months and replace the batteries immediately if they become low. These life-saving devices cannot do their job of protecting you, your family and your home if they’re not functioning properly. Put reminders on your calendar every spring and fall with the beginning and ending of daylight savings time for an easy reminder. 

Routine Maintenance Schedule

As our lives get busier, it’s easy to forget about maintenance tasks. Be sure to schedule them in!

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Tips to Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Home Repair, LLC Shares Hurricane Preparedness Tips During Hurricane Preparedness Week

Last Updated: May 1, 2022

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week! It’s time to get ready for Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.  Check out these great tips from the National Weather Service to help you determine your personal hurricane risk, find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, review/update insurance policies, prepare your home and business and gather emergency supplies. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, now is a good time to get ready.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hurricanes have caused eight of the ten costliest disasters ever in U.S. history. Just a few inches of water and/or strong winds can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Throughout the season, forecasters watch hurricanes as they develop hundreds of miles off the coast. While we may be alerted that a hurricane is coming, often, we don’t know the impact it will have on a community until well after landfall. To ensure the safety of you and your family, don’t wait until it’s too late to prepare; know your zone.

1. Determine Your Risk

The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family now, before the first storm of the season even forms.

2. Develop An Evacuation Plan

Take some time to create or edit your hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing and/ or type it up and save it online and back it up on the cloud. 

Zones by State

3. Assemble Emergency Supplies

Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of three days. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.

4. Review Your Insurance Policies

Call your insurance agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. The same goes if you own a business. Ensure you’re adequately covered and understand exclusions. Many states have increased deductibles for hurricanes and not all hurricane related losses are covered under traditional policies. And remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Flood insurance ensures that consumers have adequate financial protection against the devastating effects of flooding, without having to rely on post-disaster loans (usually paid back with interest) or emergency assistance. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period. Learn more about FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If you rent, make sure to review your renter’s insurance policy as well. These are also important to protect your belongings. Ensure that your insurance policies are printed and saved online and backed up on the cloud so they’re easily accessible when you need them. It’s also a good idea to create a Home Inventory List and/or Business Inventory List, and include your major belongings along with photographs in the instance you ever need to file a claim.

5. Prepare Your Property

There’s a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds. Take action now before hurricane season begins. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.

6. Help Your Neighbors Plan Ahead

Many people rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes.

7. Complete Your Written/Typed Plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is now, before the season begins on June 1. Having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you, your family, and your property. It’s important to be prepared. And by written, we mean typed, backed up on the cloud, and emailed to your family and friends that need to be informed.

8. Download Local & National Weather Alert Apps

Sign up for local alerts on your phone. Visit Ready.Gov Alerts and learn how to search for local alerts and weather apps that are relevant for hazards that affect your area. Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips. Sign up now so you’re prepared when the weather gets worse.

Be Prepared.

At Home Repair, LLC, we have definitely witnessed our share of hurricanes over the last 30 years. Being prepared is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property. We proudly serve property owners in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It’s important to know your risk level and zone, even in areas where hurricanes aren’t common. Previous hurricanes including Sandy, Irene and Agnes have proven that the effects can spread to areas inland, including statewide power outages and costly property damage. Together, we can do our best to be prepared and mitigate risk.

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