January 22, 2015 (Golden, Colo.) – Homeowners who let seasonal home maintenance fall to the wayside run the risk of spending up to 14 times more on subsequent emergency repairs. HomeAdvisor provides yearly home maintenance tasks that allow homeowners to identify and fix small damages each season and in turn, save money and time in the long run. Chris Terrill, HomeAdvisor’s CEO, explains the importance of completing these projects to prevent deterioration to a home.
“According to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, completing these seasonal tasks can cost up to $386 a month but can consequently save a homeowner up to $5,000 a month from damages to the home,” explained Terrill. “Whether homeowners choose to complete these tasks or hire a professional to tackle larger projects, preventative maintenance is the best way to steer clear of long-term damage and costly repairs.”
HomeAdvisor provides the most important projects homeowners should complete each season:
- Vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge. Letting the coils build up with dirt and dust can decrease the efficiency of a refrigerator.
- Service the furnace to make sure it is operating properly, safely and to its fullest ability.
- Hire a professional to clean the chimney. Chimney maintenance is a must as it can prevent deadly fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and expensive damage repairs. According to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide, the average national cost of repairing fire and smoke damage is $11,389.
- Inspect the plumbing for leaks. Small problems like leaky faucets and clogged drains can turn into big headaches if left unchecked. The average national cost of hiring a plumber to repair pipes is $411 however repairing water damage can cost seven times that amount.
- Check the roof for damage and make any necessary repairs to extend the lifespan of the roof. Neglecting to make these minor fixes can lead to long-term damage.
- Clean the siding with a pressure washer to uphold the home’s curb appeal.
- Hire a professional to trim the trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth. The average cost of maintaining or trimming trees and shrubs costs $577. Leaving trees untrimmed can lead to roof damage which can cost a national average of $1,100 to repair.
- Touch up a home’s exterior paint to keep it looking fresh and to maintain the home’s primary defense against weather, insects and other damage.
- Repair any cracks in the grout of tile floors. Letting cracks gradually get worse can lead to mold growth and floor damage.
- Clean the gutter and downspouts. Allowing leaves and grime to clog gutters prevents water from properly draining and can cause damage the foundation of a home. Repairing a home’s foundation costs an average of $4,607.
- Install weather stripping to prevent unwanted air from leaking into a home. On average, homeowners spend 40 percent more on heating and air conditioning due to drafty windows and doors.
- Prepare the sprinkler system before the first freeze of winter by blowing any remaining water out of the system. This will help avoid long-term, costly damage to the system.
HomeAdvisor.com is a local services home improvement marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner’s projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened home professionals; Pro Reviews lets homeowners read verified customer reviews of home professionals; Instant Booking allows homeowners to schedule services with background-checked home professionals online, as well as see pricing for jobs prior to booking; Cost Guide provides the average cost of home projects coast-to-coast based on data from real homeowners; and the interior design app DesignMine provides an inspirational and collaborative platform for remodeling projects. Access to all of the site’s tools is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
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