It is true that January is not the best time to engage in some home maintenance work. But home maintenance must be done when it needs to be done. Postponing maintenance is not a good idea. If there is no timely maintenance, that can lead to costly repairs. So, even in January, home maintenance must be done. With that said, here are some important things to consider when it comes to home maintenance in January.
Perform a Post-Holiday Cleanup
Start with getting rid of the holiday-related debris in your house. Get rid of the wrappings, tape, decorations, paper, etc. Get a piece of cloth soaked in a mild vinegar solution and wipe the interior of windows. Put the oven on self-clean mode. Cut the Christmas tree into small pieces and scatter the pieces on garden beds.
Pay Attention to Water Pipes
As a result of the freezing temperatures in winter, the water pipes of your house can freeze. Frozen and broken pipes can cause a lot of damage. If you plan to be away for a while during the winter, make sure to cover the pipes with heat tape so you can maintain the appropriate temperature.
Check for Storm Damage
After every storm, be sure to check the roof, gutters and the yard for potential damage caused by wind or ice. You can use a drone to look at the roof for damage without physically climbing there.
Clean Hidden Places
Cleaning the areas that are hidden is a vital part of proper home maintenance. For instance, the coils of the refrigerator, ceiling fan tops, under heavy furniture, the top side of chandeliers, HVAC vents, etc. should be inspected cleaned at least annually. Otherwise, the dust particles gathered in those places can affect the overall cleanliness of the house.
Check Metal Fixtures
Fixtures such as doorknobs, hinges, brass hardware and anything else that is made out of metal should be cleaned, polished and fine-tuned for better performance. You can clean most of these fixtures with soapy water.
Reduce the Clutter
You should consider getting rid of what you don’t want. Identify the items that are no longer needed and plan a way to get rid of them. You can donate or recycle them.
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