The following original article was written by Gary Gentry, Owner of Quality Residential Inspections…your Raleigh Home Inspection firm, as a guest post for the good folks at Fonville Morisey Realty for publication in their Faces of Fonville blog. Fonville Morisy Realty is a leading real estate company, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, that routinely provides important professional assistance to people engaged in the process of buying or selling a home. Many thanks to Lisa Sullivan for allowing Quality Residential Inspections to be a contributor!
Your Raleigh Home Inspection firm, Quality Residential Inspections, suggests that you give your Home A Little Love this Valentines Day season!
Another Valentines Day has come and gone…(umm, you did get your sweetie some flowers or take em’ out for a good dinner…didn’t you?). It’s a great time to think about showing your home a little love too. We make Cupid smile by showing some love to the people in our lives; by letting them know we care about them. What about Hestia, the Greek goddess of hearth and home; she needs something to smile about too, wouldn’t you say? Since love is already in the air this time of year, it’s a great time to show some love to your faithful dwelling. It’s a great time to show your humble, but sometimes and most often unintentionally neglected, abode that you really do appreciate it for keeping your family dry, warm, and comfortable. What can you do, quickly and easily, to show your home a little love? Your Raleigh Home Inspection form shares some quick and easy ways to do just that…
1) You could decide to finish some of those half-completed projects; you know the ones to which I refer, right? Or you could decide when to start that new improvement project you’ve been considering for…how long is that now?
2) You could make it a point to assess the condition of some of the systems and components of the home…and to accomplish some routine maintenance. Some really easy things you can do are:
3) You might check the return filters of your heating and cooling systems; if they’re dirty, replace em’; they’re cheap and easy to replace. Then make it a point to change them every 30 or 40 days of system use and to keep them clean.
4) You could test all of those Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) devices that you might find in your kitchen, bathrooms and garages…you know, the ones with the little test and reset buttons on them. Push the test button of the receptacle, or maybe at a breaker in the electrical panel, and re-set them. If they don’t respond to your manual test, or won’t reset then have them replaced by an electrician in the interest of safety.
5) You could test all of your smoke detectors to make sure they’re able to do their job in alerting you in case there was a fire…if you push and hold the test button, and nothing happens, find out why and have them replaced or otherwise have the issue corrected.
6) You could endeavor to decrease the clutter in you home…to get rid of any of that “stuff” that you haven’t used for years and have no earthly idea as to when you might use it again. Someone out there can use that stuff…so make a donation to a worthy charity or sell it for a few bucks and put the proceeds toward something nice for your home.
7) You might go to where your water heater resides in your home and look at it. Is it leaking? Is it making any unusual noises that might indicate a problem that might need to be addressed?
You might make it a point to visit the spaces of your home where you rarely venture…attics and crawl spaces. You don’t have to take an extended vacation in those places so you don’t need to pack a suitcase or anything like that. But, do take a little time to look around and see if anything is wet that shouldn’t be wet, or if there are any unusual odors. If things don’t seem right in some way, then follow up with an appropriate professional to make sure no costly issues are developing.
9) You could walk around the outside of the home and see if any shrubbery or tree limbs need to be trimmed away from the walls or roof. If so, make it a point to get that taken care of before any resulting damage can occur.
Take just a little time to show your home some love. Your home…and maybe your sweetie, too…will appreciate it!
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