10 Home Services You Shouldn't Skip

José R. Mendoza
Written by José R. Mendoza
Updated October 8, 2021
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Taking care of your home with preventive maintenance year-round will make it safer and keep everything running smoothly

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Whether you are a new homeowner or a seasoned one, keeping up with proper home maintenance is incredibly important. 

Many home services require work by a pro experienced in their field of expertise, but there are some tasks that you can tackle yourself during a free weekend. Below we’ve outlined 10 home services you shouldn’t put off doing—seriously.

1. Check Your Plumbing

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Plumbing is one of the most important and most-used systems of your house. You should have your plumbing system professionally checked out every other year. For new homeowners, it is wise to have a plumbing inspection when you move in so you know the state of the system. 

Older homes with steel pipes require inspections more frequently. If you notice daily water leaks in your bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere else inside the house or your water bill has gone up, it is time to schedule an inspection with your local plumber.

2. Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home allows you to feel nice and cool in the summer and cozy and warm in the winter. That’s why it is key that your HVAC system gets inspected once a year. 

Because this is an annual task, you need to make sure to schedule your tune-up in advance with your HVAC technician and don’t wait till the last minute. For your AC service, target to have it done around springtime and for your heating, around the fall, so you know they will be working properly when you need them.

3. Inspect Your Electrical System

Thankfully, most electrical systems are durable and do not need to be inspected as often as your plumbing or HVAC systems. In general, you should have your electrical system checked by a professional electrician every three to five years.

However, a faulty electrical system can be a major cause of home fires. If you notice a bad odor, sparks from plugs, your breakers are frequently tripping, or your lights are flickering, you need to call a local electrician.

4. Look for Pests

Pests like mice and bugs are unwelcome visitors to your home. Generally, practicing good cleaning habits and making sure your trash is sealed in a secure place helps. However, having a local pest control technician visit can help you mitigate any current infestation and prevent future ones from happening. 

Most pest control providers recommend pest inspections once a year unless your home is in an environment where pests thrive, like wooded areas, near lakes, and warm and humid places. If your home is in one of these areas, you should check your home for pests more often. Your preferred pest control provider can curate a plan with a specific routine checkup tailored to your property.

5. Replace the Batteries in Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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This one is a DIY project that you should tackle yearly. You should test and replace the batteries of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector at home at least once a year. Pick a specific date every year that you will remember, like on your birthday, and make it an annual tradition. If you need help with this project, you can always hire a handyperson near you.

6. Sweep Your Chimney

If your home has an active chimney, you will need to have it swept and maintained once per year. The National Fire Protection Association 211 recommends having chimneys professionally serviced on an annual basis. Ideally, you want to schedule this maintenance task around the fall, so your fireplace will be ready for winter. 

Failing to maintain your chimney can create a fire hazard and affects its performance. Make sure to book your chimney maintenance in advance since chimney providers are usually very busy around the fall.

7. Inspect Your Roof

You should have your roof inspected once or twice a year, depending on the area where you live. This will help identify any potential damage or repairs needed. Also, you should inspect your roof after a severe storm like hail and have professional roofers do the job.

8. Clean Your Gutters

Gutters have the important function of keeping rainwater away from your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can lead to water leaks in your property and, if not addressed in time, this can ultimately lead to foundation damage. You should have your gutters cleaned about twice yearly or more often if you have more trees surrounding your property. These cleanups should happen around the spring and fall.

9. Plan on Seasonal Landscaping Cleaning

Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional landscaper, a proper spring and fall cleanup is needed to ensure your yard is ready for the summer and winter. In the spring, some of these cleaning tasks include clearing fallen branches and leaves and cleaning up garden beds. And in the fall, it’s essential to remove any debris from your yard. You should also plan on fertilizing and mulching your plants.

10. Open and Maintain Your Pool Properly

With proper maintenance, your pool will be ready for many fun days in the sun. When it is time to open your pool up for the warmer months of the year, you or your pool professional should make sure it is free of debris, that your water has been treated, and that all parts of the pool’s filtration system are working properly.

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