From summer vacations to winter holidays, every season offers a great excuse to put off our to-do list. But neglecting home maintenance can be a major mistake.
Small problems can become big ones quickly and may be far more expensive to fix. Plus, properties that aren’t well-maintained can lose 10 percent of their appraised value. Especially in Mammoth Lakes where the snow, wind and sun can be hard on properties, year-round maintenance is crucial.
If you spend just a few hours each season maintaining your Mammoth Lakes home, you can actually increase its value by one percent annually. Plus, if you decide to sell, you won’t have a mile-long to-do list to get ready. Here’s what we suggest for maintaining your Mammoth Lakes home throughout the year:
- Do spring cleaning (there are many great cleaning companies in Mammoth if you want to call in back-up)
- Clean, check and service any heating systems
- Check your plumbing to make sure you don’t have any leaks or clogs
- Inspect smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
- For single family homes, inspect the outside of your home (clean gutters and downspouts, rake leaves, clear defensible space and prepare for summer landscaping)
- Drain or flush your water heater to extend its life
- Clean and seal your deck
- Remove storm windows and put on screens
- When you’re sure winter has passed, store your snow blower and snow shovels
- Adjust ceiling fans to run counterclockwise to keep rooms cooler
- Clean air filters and dryer vent
- Follow the Mammoth Lakes watering schedule for summer landscaping
- Prune trees and shrubs
- Do any big outdoor home improvement projects while the weather is good
- Check weather stripping around doors
- Sweep your chimney and double check that your heating source is in good shape
- Clear everything off decks
- Rake fallen leaves and re-check gutters
- Stock up on firewood, wood pellets or propane for winter heating
- Caulk doors and windows to avoid drafts
- Consider doing indoor projects in the slower season when contractors may have more time
- Service your snow blower and get the snow shovels out of storage
- Winterize your sprinkler system and drain and store hoses
- Take precautions to avoid frozen pipes
- Consider getting a portable generator for power outages
- Make a plan for home renovations and repairs (pick a room to update or a project each year)
- When the snow starts falling, clear it off decks and roofs as quickly as possible (the more snow that builds up, the more risk for damage)
- Tune up your skis and get ready for a fun winter season
It doesn’t take much time to keep your Mammoth Lakes condo or house in good shape throughout the year. Take time each season to make a plan for the season ahead so you know what’s coming up and can budget accordingly.
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With Daylight Savings Time comes measurable home maintenance tasks you can do to get steps ahead and ready for Spring.
- Test smoke and CO alarms. Check to be sure the batteries are still working, or simply change them out now to be sure they are new and working as they should. It’s also a good time to replace any smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
- Change all household filters. While furnace and air conditioning filters are usually replaced monthly, there are plenty of other household filters most of us don’t give a second thought to:
- Vacuum cleaners
- Refrigerator ice/water filters
- Dishwasher filters
- Air humidifiers
- Grease filter over the stove
- Schedule a cooling system check. Before it gets turned on for the first time this season is the time to have your cooling system settings and parts checked.
- Drain your water heater. If you’ve never drained your water heater, now is probably a good time to do that. Not only will it remove sediment build up but it will run more efficiently. Here’s how to do it correctly: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/video/how-to-drain-a-water-heater/.
- Clean and repair outdoor furniture. Pull outdoor furniture out of storage or out from under the plastic covers and clean and repair them for use as soon as the temperatures warm.
- Clean windows and window screens. Check screens for needed repairs.
- Inspect caulking and replace where necessary.
- Have your roof inspected. Only do this if the snow in your area has melted and/or is over for the season.
- Add a few drops of oil to all key locks and cylinders.
- Check the washer and dryer vents and add panty hose to the end to catch any large pieces.
Taking these steps now will save headaches down the road and have you prepared for Spring and Summer.