There are likely other things you’d rather do on a weekend than work on maintaining your home. However, putting off certain tasks will lead to high repair costs if you’re not careful. Let’s look at the most important home maintenance chores that turn costly if ignored. 

Home Maintenance Tasks for HVAC System Maintenance

An HVAC system that is not maintained poses the following risks:

  • Health dangers, such as allergens, mold, and poor air quality
  • Higher utility bills
  • High repair or replacement bills

One of the easiest HVAC home maintenance chores is replacing the air filter once every 90 days. You should also have a technician come in and maintain the HVAC system before you start using the air conditioner or furnace each season. 

Inspect for Termites and Other Pests

Termites and other pests, like carpenter ants and powderpost beetles, can cause serious damage to your home. Have your home inspected each year to see if there are active infestations or areas of concern. Termite damage can cause thousands of dollars to repair and is often not covered by homeowners insurance. It’s a good idea to have a pest control company spray to prevent wood-destroying insects. 

Get Your Roof Inspected 

If your roof is damaged or dilapidated, rainwater can infiltrate your home. Bring in an inspector to inspect the shingles and assess the roof’s condition. He or she will inspect chimneys, skylights, and look for signs of water damage in the attic. 

Clean the Gutters

This is one of the home maintenance chores that will help your roof, siding, and foundation stay in good condition. While you’re on a ladder, check the gutters for loose parts, holes, and cracks. Clear out any dirt, leaves, and other debris to keep your gutters functioning properly.

Deck Home Maintenance Tasks

Depending on which material your deck is made out of, it requires specific care to stay in good shape. A wood deck will need to be pressure washed, sanded, stained, and sealed at least every 1-2 years. A plastic or composite deck should be pressure washed to reduce buildup on the surface. Maintaining your deck keeps it from rotting, growing mildew, and warping.

Taking care of these home maintenance chores once in a while will prevent costly repair bills in the future.

Assure Inspections Inc. provides home inspection services to Chicagoland. Contact us to book an appointment.