New or old, small or large, every home here in Las Cruces has something in common: they require regular maintenance and upkeep. As a homeowner, it’s in your best interest to keep your home in like-new condition for as long as possible. After all, this is both an investment and the place you live. Whether you are planning on selling your home a month from now or staying put for the foreseeable future, putting the time into following a maintenance checklist, scheduling preventive maintenance and hiring the right people to work on your home can really pay off.
Keep up with your maintenance checklist
Every homeowner should have a home maintenance checklist that they revisit on a regular basis. This checklist should include monthly (“clean garbage disposal”), bi-monthly (“replacing the HVAC filter”), or annual (“cleaning out the roof gutters”) tasks. While you can find templates online, be sure to take things a step further and individualize your checklist to your home. For example, if your home has a fireplace, you will want to schedule regular cleaning services. If your home has a pool, you need to drain and refill it every other year.
One easy way to help yourself remember the items on your checklist is by dividing them into seasons. Spring is a time for general outdoor cleanup and an air conditioning tune-up. Summer is a great time to avoid the heat and tackle indoor projects, like dusting fans and getting your dryer vents cleaned. In the fall, clean out your home’s gutters and outdoor storm drains.
Don’t feel that you need to restrict yourself to a physical list. Put your to-do items into an online calendar or app like Todoist or Wunderlist so that you can get notifications or text message reminders a few days before you need to start a project.
Preventative maintenance matters
While you can tackle many home projects yourself, there are others where you’ll want to bring in a professional. Preventative maintenance for your air conditioner, furnace, water heater and appliances can all extend their life and ensure they continue to work properly for many years to come.
Your home’s air conditioner is one of the largest investments in your home. If properly maintained, an air conditioner here in Las Cruces can last a homeowner two decades or more. However, without regular maintenance (or any upkeep at all), AC units tend to fail prematurely, as the wear-and-tear of operating inefficiently through our hot summers catches up with them.
In the spring, call a locally trusted HVAC team for an A/C tune-up. This service covers the general maintenance needs of your air conditioner while also giving the technician the opportunity to catch potential issues before they become actual problems.
Hire the right people to work on your home
Every homeowner wants to stretch their home maintenance dollar further. Cutting corners and costs by hiring a “cheaper” non-professional to work in and around your home is not the answer. When you hire unlicensed or inexperienced people to work on your home, you are taking two big risks: first, that the project might not be done right and, second, that their work might negatively impact your home’s value. Part of keeping your home like-new is hiring people who will treat it right.
To find trustworthy home service professionals here in Las Cruces, turn to the following sources:
- Online Reviews: Check out the company’s reviews on Google, Yelp and elsewhere. Look beyond just the star rating and dive into the reviews themselves. What are people saying about the company? How recent and relevant are the bad reviews to your project.
- Personal Recommendations: Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors. Chances are that some of them have worked with local companies in the past, and can give you a recommendation—or warning—before you call. NextDoor is a great site to get your neighbors’ recommendations and referrals.
- Call: Ask the company what kind of guarantee they offer for their work, if their personnel are all certified and background-checked, and what their process is. If their answers don’t match your expectations or are vague, you might want to look elsewhere.
Treat your home right, and you’ll reap the rewards
Buying a home is the single-largest investment that most people ever make. Taking care of your home and its maintenance and upkeep needs will not only save you money in both the short- and long-term, but will also help grow the value of your home over time. In other words, take care of your home, and it’ll take care of you.