Homes can endure inclement weather year after year, from harsh UV rays and hail storms to hurricane winds and flying debris. Your home’s interior undergoes a substantial amount of wear and tear over the years as well.
Every homeowner should be routinely maintaining their property, from their lawns to their plumbing, to ensure they remain functional and in good working condition. Sometimes, this means creating an annual maintenance or renovation checklist to keep your home in optimal condition.
Creating Your House Checklist
To help maintain the quality and aesthetics of your home, we have created an overview of what you should include on this year’s house checklist.
#1: Prepare for Emergencies
Your fire alarm, carbon monoxide detector, security system, sprinklers, and fire extinguishers, to name a few, require routine testing, inspecting and replacing to ensure they are work properly for when you need them most.
Being on the Florida coast means that hurricane season is constantly only a few months away. Putting together and maintaining a first aid kit and disaster preparedness kit will help lessen the panic and help you be better prepared for when an emergency strikes.
Here are a few items you may want to consider including in your kit:
3 days’ worth of ready to eat food
Phone list of emergency contacts
Comprehensive list inventorying your belongings and their costs
#2: Audit Your Energy Use
Weather stripping can disintegrate, cracks in your home’s infrastructure can form, and your HVAC system can get backed up. Annually auditing your energy use can help ensure your home is in good working order, helping reduce your energy bills and showing you where there may be room for improvement.
You can either hire a professional to conduct an energy audit of your home, or you can attempt to do it yourself by checking each room for air leaks, poor insulation, and the efficiency of your appliances.
#3: Refresh Your Spaces
Life is an ever-changing adventure, and the needs of nearly every homeowner can change year after year. What once used to be a functional and spacious three bedroom, two bathroom home, is now feeling a little cramped. Incorporating an annual evaluation of how well your home functions for you and your family can help you avoid feeling cramped and overwhelmed down the road.
There are several ways to address this, either by buying a new home or investing in the one you have by adding on or reworking your floor plan.
Whether it is designing a new home from the ground-up or improving your current home, Ryan A. Jones & Associates can help you check-off these boxes on your home checklist this year.
Our expertise as builders and renovators of luxury homes allows us to provide you with the exceptional services and knowledge necessary for the successful planning, designing, permitting, construction, and ongoing estate management of your home. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you refresh your home and design spaces that function best for you.