Preventative maintenance on your home will save you a lot of time, money, and headaches. Here are things you can do to help sustain your home’s value.

My business partner and I have extensive experience rehabbing buildings in Chicago for more than 25 years. The best piece of advice I have for homeowners is this: preventative maintenance will save you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road.

You probably have a general idea of what you should do to keep your home in good shape, but you may not know why you need to do these things or how.


Change your furnace filter


This is an obvious one that you probably hear a lot. The consensus among HVAC experts is that you should change your filter every 90 days. But why?

When your filter is dirty, the furnace works harder to draw the air through the return ductwork. This puts excessive stress on the whole system causing the furnace to work harder which in turn leads to higher utility bills and decreased longevity of the unit.

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Clean out your gutters


You should clean your gutters at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall months.

Not cleaning your gutters regularly causes things like leaves and sticks to accumulate. As the weather gets colder, the water starts to freeze and bond with the debri. This puts weighted stress on your gutters and hinders proper water flow to the downspout. This is one reason why you may be experiencing ice damming.

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Clean the mechanicals of your refrigerator


Once every other year, your refrigerator mechanicals should be cleaned. This is a DIY job!

If you remove the bottom panel of your refrigerator, in most cases it will expose the motor and the condenser. With an old toothbrush and a vacuum, you can clean the dust that surrounds the mechanicals. This will allow the unit to work more efficiently and will increase the longevity of your refrigerator.


Get your oven balanced and calibrated


Many people assume that if their oven doesn’t cook evenly, they just have to live with it or get a whole new oven. Wrong! This is an easy fix that a technician can handle, who will either physically rebalance your oven, calibrate it, or both.

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