Homeownership is great; especially in Northern Itasca County. Having a place to call your own is what we dream about but what they don’t tell us is that along with having a nice home comes the maintenance piece. While there are professionals that can handle the more detailed issues that might arise, there are some things that you can do to keep your Itasca County home or cabin in tip-top shape and avoid having to bring in the professional. Here is a list of my top 5 maintenance tips to help to avoid repair headaches:
- Air Filters: Check your air filters monthly. Did you know that when you change your air filters regularly as needed, you can cut your energy bill by as much as 5-15% annually? This is certainly an easy way to not only cut energy bills but also a much needed maintenance piece for furnaces and AC units.
- Have your AC unit tuned-up: With spring making its appearance, summer is not far behind. To keep you cool this summer, schedule an AC tune-up early. It’s better to have your unit is top condition before the heat of summer arrives and the technicians are too busy to get to you quickly.
- Check your Roof: As winter finally gives way to Spring weather, the snow is melting and you can see your roof. Spring is the best time to check your roof. Look for broken or warped shingles or damage to a metal roof. Having shingles repaired early will save you from water damage on the interior of your home later.
- Clean Your Gutters: While you’re up on your ladder checking the roof, take a peek at your gutters. Nobody likes cleaning out gutters, at least nobody I know. But damaged or clogged gutters can damage your roof or force you have replacement gutters put up. Do yourself a favor, clean them up and keep them happy.
- Clean your refrigerator coils: Here’s one that most people do not think about. All kinds of grease, dust, and dirt can build up on the coils behind your refrigerator. That makes it not only inefficient, it can be dangerous as well. It’s very simple to clean them off. Just unplug the frig, pull it away from the wall and use your vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment to work the build-up away gently. Don’t force it. Then use a cloth to wipe away anything that the vacuum missed. Piece of cake!
Follow these 5 tips to help get ahead of any costly repairs. Fishing opener is approaching quickly so why not get the house in order before putting that boat in one of the 1000’s of beautiful lakes Itasca County has to offer?