When you buy a house, the old proverb — “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” — takes on real meaning.
Statistically, it’s actually accurate!
According to studies, for every $1 spent on maintenance around your house, you’ll save close to $100 on home repairs.
It’s one of the reasons why every homeowner should have a routine maintenance plan for their home appliances, beginning on move-in day.
Another compelling reason to do regular maintenance is that homes with well-functioning systems use less energy, which reduces environmental impact and lowers monthly utility bills.
You can start with the maintenance of your new house as soon as you take possession of it. Start with your boiler room.
Have your home’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning unit (HVAC) inspected; and let a technician take a look at your water heater. Plus, if your home is outfitted with one, give a check-up to your whole-house humidifier.
Each of these appliances should have been recently inspected during your home’s inspection, but it’s still good to pay for the review. Putting a new set of eyes on your appliances creates a baseline for their long-term health.
Much like your car technician sees tire treads wear down in real-time, your appliance technician can watch your home appliances do the same.
And, when your technician recommends maintenance, take the recommendation seriously. Your cost for minor maintenance today is far less than the cost of a major appliance repair tomorrow.
Plus, maintenance is never scheduled as an emergency, which means it doesn’t disrupt your life in that an exploded water heater might.
Have your home appliances inspected at least once annually.
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