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  • Writer's pictureCraig Webb

Keep Up with Your Home Maintenance!

When we look at buying a home, what do you look for?

Most of the time it's pure aesthetics, or what looks nice. The kitchen and bathrooms are the most important to people and give off the “Wow” factor.

When buying a home, you should also look beyond the Wow items and look at the items that make the property function. The HVAC unit, The Plumbing systems, electrical, roof etc.

The older the home, the bigger the cost of repairing or replacing.

Over my 25+ years of working on homes as a contractor and master plumber, one of the biggest excuses I hear from homeowners is "I don't have the money to fix it," while they are sipping their fancy coffee or leaving for work in a nice car. Sometimes our priorities can be a little skewed.

I recommend to homeowners to have at least 3-5k saved yearly just for home maintenance. From light bulbs and filters to a new appliance, water heater and possibly a new HVAC system.

Your home is possibly your biggest purchase so make sure it is maintained. Just like your car, your home needs constant maintenance.

By regularly maintaining your home, you can help prevent major repairs and ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable place to live.

If you're a landlord, make sure your investment is well maintained. Being a landlord is not just about making extra money, maintaining your property is imperative to keeping that investment an income-producing property.

Here are some important aspects of home maintenance:

Regular cleaning

Cleaning your home regularly is an essential part of home maintenance. Dusting, vacuuming, and mopping floors, wiping down countertops and appliances, and cleaning bathrooms can help prevent the build-up of dirt, dust, and grime.

HVAC maintenance

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be inspected and maintained at least once a year to ensure that it is running efficiently and safely.

Duct cleaning also should be done every 2-5 years to maintain good quality air flow throughout your system.

Plumbing maintenance

Regular plumbing maintenance can help prevent leaks, clogs, and other plumbing problems. This includes checking for leaks, inspecting pipes and drains, and maintaining your water heater.

Roof maintenance

Your roof should be inspected regularly for damage and leaks. Make sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage.

Electrical maintenance

Electrical systems can be dangerous if not properly maintained. Check your electrical system regularly for signs of wear or damage, and have a licensed electrician inspect it at least once every few years.

Pest control

Regular pest control can help prevent infestations and protect your home from damage. This includes sealing cracks and gaps, removing food and water sources, and using safe pest control methods.

Exterior maintenance

Your home's exterior should be inspected regularly for damage, and any needed repairs should be addressed promptly. This includes painting, sealing, and repairing siding, windows, and doors.


If you have a chimney, having it inspected regular is very important. From having it cleaned to inspecting the cap and lining could save a potential disaster.

Dryer Vents

Having your dryer vent cleaned out regular is a must.

All that lint buildup needs to be cleaned out. Cleaning just the screen at the dryer is not the same.

Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.

If you need some help with a home maintenance checklist or if you need some reliable contractors, please reach out to me.

Take care of your home and investment!

Craig Webb

Owner/ Master Plumber- Red & Blue Services Plumbing Company

Virginia Licensed Realtor - Freedom Property Management & Sales

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