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3 Annual Household Inspections Every Homeowner Should Put on Their To-Do List

Annual inspections are a routine part of responsible home ownership. Routine check-ups can catch potential problems before they inflict major damage or require expensive repairs.

When everything seems to be in working order, it’s possible for inspections to slip your mind. Set a schedule and ensure that your inspections take place at different intervals throughout the year. For example, you may want to have your heating system inspection done during the fall so you can have your ducts cleaned and fully operational before winter. Read on to discover the three annual inspections you don’t want to miss.

Home Systems

Have your HVAC, plumbing and home security systems inspected once a year to ensure everything is in working order and catch any repairs early. No one wants to find out that they need an entirely new heater in the dead of winter, and a busted toilet or burst pipe could cause thousands of dollars in added damages.

Most companies offer seasonal deals on inspections; even if you wind up spending a couple hundred dollars, the total will be significantly less than any major repairs or replacements you might need if you want until something breaks.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Does your house have a fully stocked first-aid kit? What about an emergency preparedness kit? In case of a natural disaster, do you have the necessary equipment to secure your property as well as make it through days without heat or power?

Checking up (or making) an emergency preparedness kit at least once a year will ensure that your family is ready to face anything. The American Red Cross provides an extensive list of items to include in your first-aid and emergency survival kits that you can check out.

Vehicle Maintenance

Preventative car maintenance can keep you safe and save you money. You don’t have to know a great deal about vehicles to ensure your car is in top shape. Learn how to check your tire pressure, oil levels, windshield fluid and how to identify the top warning signs of engine trouble.

Home Maintenance Matters

While it may not be the most exciting thing you have to do as a homeowner, routine inspections will help you maintain your property’s value and keep it a safe place to live. You spent a lot of money investing in your home, and inspections are one way to ensure that you get your money’s worth.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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