As a homeowner, we all strive to keep our home in excellent shape, which sometimes means sacrificing other areas of our lives. Whether you have a large or small home, they all require plenty of home maintenance services. There are some areas of home maintenance you may want to consider hiring a professional. Weigh if your time is more valuable to do other things than the cost savings of trying to do them yourself. Looking at hiring a home maintenance professional might be a better alternative. Let us look at five home maintenance tasks that you should delegate to professionals.
- Pre-Season HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) Checkup
To avoid peak season failures, hire a licensed HVAC technician to check the cooling system in the spring and the heating system in the fall. Some HVAC companies will give you a discount if you sign up with them for a yearly spring and fall maintenance program.
I always recommend you are with the technician to oversee their work. A good technician should perform the following:
- Check the thermostats to ensure the cooling and heating are working.
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors.
- Lubricate all moving parts. Lack of lubrication can cause friction in the motors and increase the amount of electricity you use.
- Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace, and heat pump (when in cooling mode).
- Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Check the equipment’s starting cycle to ensure the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.
- Cooling – Clean evaporator and condenser coils, check refrigerant levels, and clean and adjust blower components.
- Heating – Check the gas (or oil) connections, gas pressure, burner combustion, and heat exchanger.
Random HVAC maintenance may lead to the system’s costly replacement. Save time, effort, and nerves by hiring a licensed HVAC technician.
- Roof Maintenance
We recommend a reputable licensed roofing company to maintain the rooftop on an annual basis during your spring home maintenance. To hold the roofing company accountable for their work, ask them to take pictures of the work they did, the whole roof, around all the equipment, and any windows there might be. Ask them to check the following:
- The roofing company should replace any cracked or curled up shingles and fix any loose nails.
- Check for mold or algae. Make sure all areas are waterproofed and sealed up. Replace caulking or mortar around a chimney, electrical boxes, windows, and plumbing.
- Observe the frayed or cracking conduit that needs replacing.
- Remove twigs and branches off the roof.
- Tree Trimming
Depending on the tree(s), some need trimming annually and some is needed for both your spring and fall home maintenance. Tree trimming is dangerous and buying or renting the equipment can be costly. There is also an art to knowing how to trim a particular tree, not just for the appeal, but also incorrect or poor maintenance could damage the tree. Overall, the job is challenging, dangerous, and requires experience. Consider hiring a licensed and insured tree pruning maintenance professional to do it.
- Gutter Cleaning
Gutters and downspouts should be maintained in the spring and fall, especially if you have many trees surrounding your home. Like tree trimming, gutter cleaning is also dangerous; we recommend hiring a home maintenance professional and insured company. Removing dirt and debris is vital to ensure proper water drainage. Otherwise, you could discover severe damage to your house’s foundation.
While your professional is maintaining your gutters, have them inspect the gutters for standing water, rust, holes, and wear and tear. Have them take pictures to send to you. Either repair or replace the problem areas immediately.
- Chimney Cleaning
To ensure proper operation and safety, have your fireplace and chimney inspected every year as part of your fall home maintenance. Even if you do not use your fireplace, have the chimney inspected. Birds and small animals could climb inside the chimney and create nests there. Doing all the above on your own is not just unpleasant; it’s dangerous and time-consuming. Allow a licensed and insured home maintenance professional chimney cleaner to do the job.