January Home Tips
None of these are all that exciting, but they will leave you with a gratifying sense of satisfaction that you’re doing right by your home, your wallet, and your time:
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Are your emergency devices still working and fully charged? Do they need a new battery?
- Change the air filter. New Year, new you. Keep your HVAC, home, and yourself happy this year and change this every three months, at least. So easy to forget. One idea is to pick up a subscription to FilterSnap to make your life more convenient – they’ll deliver to your door at regular intervals so you don’t have to remember.
- Change the water filter in your fridge (if you have a refrigerator that dispenses water).
- Unclog any drains in the house. There are multiple ways people do this, ranging from snakes to Drano. I prefer the Zip-It.
- Refrigerator maintenance. Vacuum the coils of the fridge condenser to ensure it’s operating at maximum efficiency.
- Buy some de-ice melt or road salt. Make sure you’re not caught with your pants down when the snow and ice hit this year. Buy the salt before you need it. I need to heed my own thoughts here, because I always forget.
Picking a Home Warranty
The Texas economy is on fire, and companies are flooding into our state to sell home warranties. Lucky for you, this industry is regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Companies have to be licensed and approved.
It’s easy to check if the company that is soliciting your business is here legally: just go to TREC.com and check if they are licensed.
Many companies advertise that they are local, when they are not. Some companies boast that they use only local service companies (everyone in the industry does). These companies have much to lose if they do not do an honest and professional job when they service your home. You can rest assured that if they don’t perform, your home warranty company is there to back YOU until the repair is completed.
Without a home warranty, service costs needed for repairs are very expensive. Most appliances and equipment are now operating with computer boards and more sophisticated parts than in previous years.
Buy some peace of mind to cover costs you generally don’t budget for. Trust the home warranty industry; we are here to help you!
Maintenance with Changing Seasons
The dog days of summer are barking and Labor Day is just around the bend, signaling the end of yet another epic season in the sun. But before you give your flamingo pool float one last hurrah, take a break with some home maintenance prep for the changing season ahead.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s still summer, and you’re being a buzzkill! Why worry now about what you can do next month? Well, as it turns out, some home maintenance tasks are best tackled in August, before temperatures start dipping.
- Check your washing machine connections. With the kids home from school and loads of sweaty garments to clean, your washing machine has likely taken a major beating this summer.
- Clear the gutters. Summer thunderstorms can clog your gutters and lead to costly water damage down the road. Properly functioning gutters direct water away from your home, but muck and debris can cause water to collect around your home’s foundation.
- Deal with wasps, mosquitoes, and other insects. Wasp activity peaks in late summer; these insects become more aggressive and are likely to sting in, you guessed it, September”! So you’ll want to spray for wasps and eliminate them, pronto.
- Mosquito control patrol your property for stagnant water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. First drain any areas that are holding water-this step alone should significantly cut down on mosquito activity. Invest in forms of mosquito repellent like citronella plants, mosquito traps, and bug zappers.