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The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

Learn the top four reasons you should improve your home by performing preventative maintenance.

Owning and maintaining your own home is already enough work without having to worry about preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance is the regular performance of proactive maintenance on your property and equipment in order to decrease the likelihood of problems in the future. There are numerous reasons to take the time out of your schedule to care for your home. These are the top four. 

  1. To save money

Performing preventative maintenance on your home before issues arise can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. For instance, if you fail to have your gutters cleaned once or twice a year, your house can suffer from water damage to the roof, pest infestation, and more. Having to manage an emergency with little to no warning can be incredibly stressful, costly, and time consuming. Preventative maintenance is generally much cheaper than reactive maintenance, so be sure to care for your home before any problems take you by surprise. 

  1. To increase your home’s value

Not only can you save money by performing preventative maintenance, but you can also increase the value of your home for resale later. Something as easy as pressure washing can increase your home’s curb appeal and drive buyers inside. Homes that have less maintenance issues sell for more on the market since many homeowners do not want to have to worry about fixing these problems once they move in. People looking for a new home will pay a premium price to put their mind at ease about potential issues. You can put your mind at ease too by walking through your home and making a list of all the appliances, equipment, walls, etc. that need to be fixed before your house goes up for sale. It can be a lot of work upfront, but in the end, you can earn more money when you eventually sell your home.

  1. To improve your home’s safety

Another benefit of preventative maintenance is decreasing safety risks that stem from unattended issues. Something as simple as a loose floorboard can cause injury to your family members. There can even be more serious outcomes if you have a problem with a smoke detector or an electrical outlet. The best way to keep your loved ones safe is to ensure that your home is a secure and risk free environment. 

  1. To prolong appliance life

As you know, appliances break down often, and usually at the most inconvenient time. By checking all of the devices in your home regularly and performing routine maintenance, you can reduce the chance of machine failure. For example, cleaning out the lint trap in your dryer often is a simple but effective way to avoid issues in the future. Another tip is to change the air filters around your home about every 3 months to keep your air conditioner running optimally. These are small tasks that can help you to avoid an expensive and troublesome breakdown and increase the lifespan of your appliances. 

The benefits of preventative maintenance are clear and obvious, but how can you make it happen? The first step is to make a list of everything that needs to be done to your home within the next year. This will keep you organized and show you what your priorities are. Then, you can contact a private home manager like Zeto. Zeto Service Experts can experty tackle anything on your to-do list or connect you with trusted and vetted professionals for larger renovation projects. Don’t wait until an emergency happens; start preventative maintenance on your home today.