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9 Things You Should Do Each Year for Your Naples Home Maintenance

Posted by Chris Reed on Dec 27, 2017 7:12:00 AM

9-Things-You-Should-Do-Each-Year-for-Your-Naples-Home-Maintenance.jpgIt’s no big secret why people love the Sunshine State—especially this time of year. Let’s face it: we all take a little bit of pleasure reading the weather reports from up North—from the comfort of our decks in the winter. But just because we don’t face the harsh winter weather doesn’t mean our homes are free from the need for regular maintenance. Here are nine things you should do each year to protect and preserve your Naples-area home.

  1. Check Your Roof

    While we don’t have to worry about snow damage, the hot Florida sun can be hard on some roofs. Wind and rain can do damage as well—and even animals like squirrels and raccoons can be surprisingly destructive. Sometimes, the damage isn’t obvious right away, and that can lead to bigger problems if water gets into the roof. Check around your home for signs of broken shingles. You may even want to have a professional roofer inspect your roof more closely every couple of years.
  1. Inspect Your HVAC System

    Using the furnace may be a rare event for most of us, but on those occasions when the temperatures do dip, you don’t want to be left in the cold. We do, however, rely on our air conditioning units, so a yearly inspection of the central air system is a good idea. Don’t wait for spring when everybody is servicing AC units. Jump on that now so that you’ll be ready when you really need cooling.
  1. Change Your Furnace Filter

    Even if you're not due for an HVA inspection or tune-up, you'll still want to check your furnace filers—even if you don't use the furnace that much. There can still be nights when it's cooler than you'd like, so make sure you're not blowing dirt and dust through the air if you need to take a chill off the evening air.
  1. Check Windows And Doors For Leaks

    While we don't worry about heat leaking out (or cold air coming in), Florida homeowners do need to make sure they aren't trying to air-condition the great outdoors. Nationwide, air conditioning accounts for approximately 16 percent of an average household's annual electricity bill (using 2,800-kilowatt hours of energy yearly). But in Florida, that figure can be as high as 4,000 kWh! It's really worth it to make sure windows and doors aren't leaking cool air to the outside.
  1. Inspect Your Deck

    Just like your roof, your deck is exposed to the harsh Florida sun and to rain. It’s much more economical to treat and maintain your deck than it is to replace it. Check the deck once a year to make sure you don’t have loose deck screws or warped boards. It’s better to replace a single board than to let water get in and have to replace the whole thing.
  1. Take a Gander at Your Gutters

    You may not need to worry about snow around the Naples area, but leaves and other debris can still collect in your gutters and impede rain run-off (yep, we still get plenty of that in Florida in the winter). It’s important to keep water draining away from your home’s foundation and keeping the gutters clear is a simple first step.
  1. Test Your Garage Door

    We often don’t think about how much use our garage doors get. But they’ve really become the “front door” to the house. That’s how we go in and out of the house most of the time. There are a lot of moving parts in our doors and things can work loose. One thing in particular to check is the “auto-reverse” safety feature. Simply place a 2x4 under the door while it’s open and then use your remote to close the door. When the door hits the board, it should stop and go back up. If it doesn’t, you’ll want to have a professional adjust the door. Without it, a child or a pet could be seriously (or even fatally) injured.
  1. Check Into Your Own Guest Room

    We’re approaching the time of year when your friends and relatives from up north start thinking warm thoughts about you (or at least where you live)! Maybe you even have a guest bedroom to accommodate visitors. Chances are good, however, that you don’t go in there very often. So “check yourself in” and see how things are. Make sure windows are operating smoothly and efficiently. Run sinks in the guest bathroom and flush the toilet to ensure they’re performing properly. You may even want to air things out just so that everything is fresh. Check the lights in the room to make sure you don’t have any burned out bulbs.
  1. Safety First

    Take a little time to make sure your home is fire-safe. While a lot of people check the batteries in the smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors, they sometimes forget that the devices themselves can wear out. Make sure you test everything and replace anything that's older than 10 years of age. It's also a good idea to make sure you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher in your home that's fully charged. That's something that's easily overlooked because you've never used it (and hopefully will never have to).

Most of these things you can do yourself. But if you ever run into something that you’re not comfortable checking or fixing on your own, take advantage of our Handyman services. We’re happy to help keep your Naples home in tip-top shape!

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Topics: Naples Home Remodeling, Home Maintenance, Reed Design Build, Naples Home