Four easy home maintenance tasks you can take care of yourself

One of the few advantages to renting instead of owning is that when something goes wrong, you’re not on the hook for it. Call up your landlord and let him/her worry about it. When you own a home, there are all sorts of maintenance tasks you have to stay on top of to keep everything running smoothly. One option is to pay someone to do it for you. But it’s a good idea to learn how to do a few basic home maintenance tasks yourself.

Replace your air conditioning filter

You need to swap out the air conditioning filter at least every three months. This is one of the easiest jobs on this list so there’s no reason not to do it yourself. Overtime your filter gets clogged with dust making it less efficient and making your home warmer in the summer. Not only that but a clogged filter can lead to dust actually getting into your air conditioner where it can damage it over time.

Pressure wash the exterior

An annual pressure wash for your home’s exterior can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. Dirt and grime accumulates slowly so you don’t notice how sad your home is looking until you start pressure washing and see the dramatic difference between where you’ve washed and where you haven’t. You can rent a pressure washer but you’re probably better off investing in buying one if you’re going to do this maintenance task every year.

Clean out the rain gutters

If you’re nervous about working from a ladder, then leave this one to a professional gutter cleaning service. Otherwise, save some money and tackle this one yourself. Your rain gutters are an integral part of your roofing system and if you let them stay clogged, water can back up on your roof and seep beneath shingles causing all kinds of roofing problems and potentially, even roof leaks. You should do this at least once every year after all the leaves have fallen for the season but you may need to do it more often depending on the number and type of trees surrounding your home. When doing this job, make sure you’re working from a ladder and not from your roof. It will take longer to climb up and down the ladder, moving it a few feet each time but it’s much safer.

Install baseboard heater covers

If your baseboard heaters are looking old, worn, or rusted, you can instantly transform them into looking new again by installing baseboard heater covers over them. All you’ll need is a tape measure to find out how many feet of covers you’ll need and a drill or screwdriver to remove the old covering. The new cover is simply snapped into place over the heating unit. The whole process takes just a few minutes per baseboard heater.

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