Home Maintenance - The Daily DIY
Home maintenance tips and tutorials for do it yourself. Check out an easy home maintenance schedule, and a home maintenance checklist broken down by Season…
To buy a home warranty, or to not buy a home warranty? That is the question. And the answer is…..it depends. A home warranty plan can be very helpful to save money on the cost of repairs. It can also help you budget. They cover things like electrical, plumbing, applicances, heating & AC units, pools, septic, and more. Check out this homeowner's review of American Home Shield to see if a Home Warranty Policy is right for you.
Do you often leave for extended vacations, or are you planning a work trip soon? Do you wonder what you should do to prevent disasters from your house while you’re away? While you get ready to enjoy time away to relax, recharge, and refresh, there are things you need to do to prepare your home while you’re gone. Here is a checklist of must-do home tasks to complete before your next vacation.
Over time, dirt and grime build up on the coils of your AC unit located on each side. This leads to decreased performance as your unit has to run harder than it should to keep your home cool. Not only does this cause more wear and tear on your unit, but your utility bills will increase. Let’s look at how to clean your AC unit easy. You only need a can of coil cleaner, a screwdriver, a garden hose, and 30 minutes.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 32% of house fires caused by dryers were because of failure to clean them. It’s important to keep your dryer vent line clear of lint, debris, and clogs. Not only for added safety for your home, but to keep your dryer running efficiently as well. If you’ve noticed your dryer taking longer to dry your clothes than normal, or drying them unevenly, then it could be time to clean the vent line. Here are step by step instructions.
Like many things in your home, the garage door needs routine maintenance. Especially since your garage door works harder than most systems in your house. Keep in mind some garage door opener manufacturers, as well as install technicians, may suggest different things depending on the model and type of opener and door that you have. We’ll be discussing recommendations by the manufacturer of Chamberlain and Liftmaster garage door openers, and Overhead Door company.
Before you call the exterminator, have you thought about doing your own pest control? If your home is being invaded by ants, spiders, or other bugs, you can take back control with this easy and very budget friendly pest control. I recently tried out Pestie. It’s great for the environment and is safe for pets and kids. I also love that it’s about 1/4 the cost of normal pest control companies. Use Promo Code: MELISSA10 for 10% off.
Fire extinguishers save lives, but how often do you and your family even think about yours? If you answered “not often enough”, you’re not alone. Your fire extinguisher has a specific lifespan and is designed to save lives within that amount of time. You also need to inspect it regularly. This can help make sure they are in good working order if the time comes when you need them. If you’ve never done a quick check before, then now is the time to inspect your fire extinguisher.
Ever thought about reversing your ceiling fan? Did you even know that you could? Their design allows for you to use your ceiling fan year round. There is a reason why the fan blades run in the direction that they do, it’s not random. They run counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter. This not only keeps you cool in the summer, but helps keep you warmer in the winter too. And it contributes to lower heating and cooling costs as well as increased comfort in your home.