What maintenace will a home warranty not take care of?
One of the easiest ways to ensure comfort is by practicing a little preventative care with home maintenance. Follow this handy checklist from The Art of Manliness to stay on top of your home’s needs throughout the year:
Inspect and possibly change our HVAC filters.
Clean kitchen sink disposal.
Change hood range filters
Inspect fire extinguishers.
Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.
Test garage door auto-reverse feature.
Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces.
Check water softener, add salt if needed.
Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve.
Give your house a deep clean.
Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils.
Check the exterior drainage.
Inspect the exterior of your home.
Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider having it serviced.
Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc.
Check grout in bathrooms, kitchen, etc.; repair as needed.
Inspect plumbing for leaks, clean aerators on faucets.
Check and clean dryer vent, other exhaust vents to exterior of home.
Clean out window wells of debris.
Flush hot water heater and remove sediment. Winterize air conditioning systems.
Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets.
Get chimney cleaned, if you have one.
Test sump pump.
Get heating system ready for winter.
Test your electricity to the extent that you can.
Check caulking around showers and bathtubs; repair as needed.
Remove showerheads and clean sediment.
Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows
Performing general home maintenance can prevent many costly failures in the internal systems in the home. It is always better to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your home. Home warranties are a good solution for catastrophic failure but staying on top of your home's needs will always save you money.