Your home is the place where you feel the most comfortable. You designed it to represent your taste and style. It’s the place you come to at the end of a busy day to relax and unwind, entertain on the weekends and raise your family. Because of this, it’s important to do everything you can to maintain it so that your home and your belongings last for many years to come. Luckily there are ways to keep your home and your furnishings protected.
Installing a home security system
Installing a home security system will not only protect you and your family from harm, but also your home. Many companies offer much more than just an alarm attached to a window or door. Today, many of these systems are high tech. They transmit images in high definition and can do things not imagined just a decade ago. You can check on your children and the family pet and close your garage door with just a push of a button on your smartphone. These newer systems also have built-in sensors that send alerts when the temperature in your home changes or it detects moisture. This can help prevent a leak or small fire from turning into a major event in your home with disastrous results.
Replacing the roof
Your roof is an important component of your home. It keeps rain, snow, and sleet outside. The average lifespan of a shingle roof is between 12-20 years. If you’ve lived in your home for more than 10 years and have not replaced the roof, it’s in your best interest to have a professional take a look at it to check for weak spots, missing shingles, and leaks. The tell-tale sign that you may have a problem is water stains on a ceiling or wall.
Clearing away debris and trimming back foliage
Plants, trees, and shrubs grow quickly, almost without notice – that is, until they cause a problem. If you have overgrown bushes, foliage and tree limbs hanging over your home you need to trim and cut them back away from the property. A severe storm can cause even a healthy tree to lose branches. When this happens and they land on your roof it can compromise the structure. Overgrown vegetation that sits right up against your home can attract bugs, rodents and trap moisture next to the home. All of these things can cause severe damage to your property. By trimming plants and shrubs and cutting back branches you’ll significantly reduce the chances of damage.
Windows provide a wonderful way to let in natural sunlight. But, did you also know that they can cause your electric bills to rise? If your windows are older and not double pane, chances are good that you are losing heat and cool air with each season. Thankfully, there are several ways to correct this. You can replace them with new double pane windows. Or, if that’s not currently an option you can afford, you can seal your windows with weather-stripping and plastic. This will lower the cost of your heating and cooling bills and make the indoor environment more comfortable.
Updating the plumbing
Older, outdated plumbing can spring a leak at any time. Unfortunately, it’s most likely to occur at the most inopportune time. If your pipes are more than 15 to 20 years old it’s wise to have a plumber come out and check for potential leaks. Unmonitored plumbing problems often start with a slow drip that turns rapidly into a major spray fest until eventually the pipe gives and opened completely. If you are not home at the time this happens, it can cause serious damage to the localized area and areas below.
With a little investment and preemptive measures in place, you can live in your home for many years, comfortably.