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Checklist for a Trouble-Free Home (page 6 of 7)

Preventative home maintenance is one of the best ways to preserve the value of your home.

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  • Seal exterior cracks in stucco.
  • Touch up exterior paint.
  • Drain water heater and check pressure valve.
  • Re-caulk showers, tubs and sinks to prevent water damage to walls.
  • Wax marble counter tops with turtle wax.
  • Maintain a contract with a pest control company to prevent or eliminate insect infestations such as termites or carpenter ants.
  • Inspect hot water heat system radiators and convectors.
  • Septic tanks should be checked and cleaned once a year.
  • Check the pressure and expiration date on all of your fire extinguishers.
  • Check your clothes dryer vent and hose for lint buildup. Clean if necessary to prevent a fire.
  • Contact a roofing professional to check for leaks, loose shingles, or broken tiles.
  • Schedule a chimney cleaning (if you don't use your fireplace very much this can be done every two years.)
  • Give your carpeting a professional cleaning.