Maintaining your home is essential to protect your biggest investment, and it doesn’t have to be hard. If you plan to sell your home, it is especially important to keep a regular schedule for maintenance.

Here are six home maintenance chores to do on a regular basis.

Check the Seal on Your Oven Door

Run your fingers over the gasket that seals your oven door. Check for any rough spots or broken places. If needed, replacement should only require a few minutes of effort.

Why You Should Care

Consistent cooking temperatures are a key ingredient to successful results. So a faulty gasket which can allow up to 20-percent of the heat to escape an oven produces longer cooking times, more energy use and the potential for ruined meals.

Replace Dirty Vent Filters

Filters inevitably get clogged with normal use after only a few months.  So make an effort to replace or clean your filters on a regular basis. Setting a reminder on your smartphone is an easy solution to keeping a routine and schedule.

Why You Should Care

This can be summed up in only two words: Air Quality. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, it’s especially important to replace vent filters periodically.  Doing so cuts down on dust and dander – both major allergens that might create adverse reactions.

Clean the Drip Pans on the Stove

Drip pans under the stove catch all the spills. But one thing they can’t do is clean themselves. When you notice a spill in the drip pan, but sure to remove and clean the pan.

Why You Should Care

Other than pure aesthetics, dirty drip pans are unsanitary and can breed bacteria.  So don’t run the risk by allowing debris to accumulate in the drip pan.

Clean the Refrigerator Coils

Dust tends to collect around the refrigerator coils.  Periodically, it needs to be vacuumed. So, pull out the refrigerator out, remove the bottom plate and clear the coils.

Why You Should Care

First, dust around coils presents a fire hazard. Secondly, your refrigerator will run more efficiently and use less energy.

Clean the Dryer Exhaust

This could require a few tools, but is not really difficult. Start by pulling the dryer out from the wall and loosening the clamp that connects the exhaust hose to your dryer.  Next pull the exhaust tube from the dryer. Then, inspect it for clumps of lint. If you can, remove the clumps with your hands. For anything you can’t reach, use a vacuum to clear the buildup.

Why You Should Care

Dryer lint is a fire hazard.  So clean out your dryer exhaust annually.

Inspect the Hoses behind Your Washing Machine

Twice a year, pull out your washing machine and examine the hoses for loose clamps, cracks or leaks. They should be easy to spot – especially after a wash. If you see any problem areas, replace the hoses.

Why You Should Care

Faulty washing machine hoses are a major cause of floods in the home. Once they fail, all the water will end up on the floor. So, don’t take that chance.

While these suggestions offer a few easy tasks to keep your home in top shape this year, there are certainly many more to work into a monthly or quarterly schedule designed to keep your home in tip top condition.  For additional information on buying or selling a home in Chicago’s North Shore, North or Northwest suburbs, contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home or a home that you may be interested in purchasing.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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