January 16, 2014 (Golden, Colo.) – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With regular home maintenance homeowners can prevent costly damage and emergency repairs down the line. To educate homeowners on when to complete maintenance projects, HomeAdvisor provides a yearly home checklist detailing which projects should be completed each season. Leah Ingram, HomeAdvisor’s personal finance expert, explains that completing home maintenance throughout the year can prevent future more expensive emergency repairs.
“According to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, the price of completing the tasks listed in the yearly home checklist can add up to $2,950,” Ingram said. “However, the cost of emergency repairs that can result from not completing these tasks can be up to 14 times that amount.”
Ingram lists key projects homeowners should complete each season:
- Check the caulking around the tubs and showers. Repair the caulking if there are any cracks or black mildew stains that can’t be removed.
- Hire a professional to clean and service the furnace. Annually servicing the furnace can extend the life of the unit.
- Hire a professional to service the HVAC unit. Having the unit regularly inspected can increase its energy efficiency and prevent it from needing to be replaced.
- Hire a professional to clean the gutters and downspouts. A clogged downspout can prevent water from being released a safe distance from the house, which can cause damage to the foundation.
- Touch up the exterior paint on the house. Annually touching up the paint can extend the life of the paint job. Any area of the house where the paint is chipped, peeled, flaking or has signs of bubbling, fading or water damage should be touched up.
- Hire a professional to trim the trees and shrubs. All dead branches should be removed and all other branches should be cut back to promote healthy growth.
- Hire a professional to winterize the sprinklers. Draining the sprinklers of any remaining water and turning off the exterior faucets can prevent water from freezing and damaging the unit.
- Hire a professional to inspect the roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
- Install weather stripping around the doors and windows. By checking for leaks homeowners can prevent an increase in their energy bill.
For a complete list of recommended yearly tasks, download HomeAdvisor’s checklist.
HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair support; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, CO, and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
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Senior Director, Corporate Communications