Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Home Improvements to Make During Any Economic Climate


During such a tough economic climate, homeowners are often faced with difficult decisions on which home improvements are most necessary for their homes.  HomeTeam Inspection Service would like to recommend a few key areas that should always be a key focus, no matter what the economic climate, to help ensure the structural safety of the home as well as the resale value. 

Starting with the exterior, you should:
  1. Check all windows and doors to make sure caulk is not cracking and separating.  If it is, remove the old caulk and re-caulk with a good quality exterior caulk to ensure your home remains insulated from the outside elements.
  2. Have a professional check your roof, including chimney flashing, skylights, plumbing vent pipes and attached antennas, every two to three years to check for cracks and breaks in sealants to avoid water entering the home and causing interior damage.
  3. Replace old or damaged weather stripping as soon as possible. 
  4. Check exterior water supplies and make sure they are shut off during winter months to avoid cracks or breaks in pipes.
  5. Close any holes, openings or other points of entry where mice or other rodents can enter the home.   

In the interior, homeowners should pay close attention to:
  1. Repair leaky faucets to avoid running up your water bill.  It’s important to make sure that all faucets from all water sources in the house are in sound working order.
  2. Repair running toilets, which will have the same effect as leaky faucets, so if you have a toilet in question, upgrade to a new, low-flush option that will minimize water usage and save you money.
  3. Check caulking around tubs, vanity sinks, kitchen sinks, and replace as needed. Keeping up with caulking will keep water from leaking into unwanted areas.
  4. Check doors and windows for air leaks.  Replace weather stripping as needed to heating and cooling systems working to their maximum efficiency.
  5. During the winter, rid of moisture on windows.  The change in temperature outside to in creates condensation on the windows, so wipe off the moisture consistently to ensure the water doesn’t start rotting any wood around the windows. 

Making home improvements is one of the many responsibilities of being a homeowner.  It’s important to pay attention to the repairs that need to be done in your home to ensure that any small repair doesn’t turn into a major problem.  When you notice that a repair that needs to be made, obtain the advice of a professional who can discuss with you exact requirements for the job. 

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