You shouldn’t wait until there is water gushing through your ceiling to get your roof inspected or to make repairs. Nor should you wait until there’s fire coming out of your hood to take your car in for a tune-up and new belts. Regular maintenance should be a part of taking care of your big-ticket items to protect your investment, and that includes regular inspections so that you can identify problems before they cause major damage and require expensive repairs.
Regular maintenance just makes good financial sense. Here are a few things you should be doing to protect those major investments:
Your home needs a long list of routine maintenance to keep it in top shape. Some of the basics include:
- Roof inspection
- Gutter cleaning
- Plumbing inspection
- Pest inspection and treatment
- Chimney cleaning
- Septic cleaning and pumping
- HVAC checkup and cleaning
- Vent cleaning
- Energy audit
There are many more things you can (and should) do, depending on the type of house you own, the appliances you have, and where you live. One thing to keep in mind is that even when you are scheduling something like a chimney or other type of cleaning, the professional will be inspecting the space for signs of any problems that need to be addressed. Getting something like chimney repair early in a cold place like CT can help you avoid disaster when you are most vulnerable (you don’t want to be without a fireplace in the dead of winter). Similarly, you don’t want to wait until you’re in monsoon season to discover you have a problem with your roof or the middle of winter to have a problem with your dryer ducts and you have no way to dry your clothes.
Get the inspections and perform the maintenance to keep your routine on track and to avoid damage to your home.
For most people, their vehicle is the most expensive thing they own after their home. Unfortunately, a vehicle is also one of the investments most prone to breaking down or needing repairs. You drive your vehicle every day, and it takes a lot of wear and tear. Getting regular maintenance helps to keep all the parts working properly and to minimize the degradation of the materials over time.
At a minimum, you should be getting regular oil changes and tune-ups when they are due. If you aren’t sure, check your owner’s manual or consult with your mechanic. Generally, you get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and you get a tune-up every 25,000 miles or more.
However, there are a lot more maintenance tasks on your schedule, depending on what type of vehicle you own. Examples include rotating and balancing your tires, getting an alignment, having the brakes checked, changing out all the fluids, changing all the filters, and having the HVAC system serviced. Every vehicle is different, so consult the recommendations in the owner’s manual and follow them diligently. You’ll save yourself thousands of dollars and a whole lot of heartache by doing so.
You probably have a big TV (or two, or three) in your home, and you probably have at least one computer. If you have children, these devices are likely to multiply. Plus, you might have devices like video game systems, smart watches, electronic personal assistants, high-end ranges or refrigerators, and a security system.
Don’t overlook the maintenance that these items need. They might not need a regular inspection, but they do need the proper care. You should install an anti-virus program on the computers and phones, and you should regularly update them to keep them safe. You should use screen protectors and cases for all items that could use them, like phones and tablets. Keep other items clean and have them serviced only by professionals. These are all simple actions that could end up saving you thousands of dollars (and protecting priceless data in some cases).
Spend an ounce of prevention to save yourself a pound of cure. Take the time now to learn what maintenance and care your high-dollar items need to keep them in top shape and to extend their lifespan. You’ll protect the items you have and save a lot in repairs.