By Mike Holmes
I’ve been a contractor for almost 40 years, and it drives me crazy to see homeowners neglect small home repair projects and let them become major issues that can sometimes compromise the structural integrity of your home.
I don’t want you to start DIY projects around the house that you should really be calling a professional for. This includes your electrical, plumbing, foundation repairs, installing windows and more. But there are certain tasks you CAN take on as a homeowner.
I’ve been working with Effect Home Builders for many years, and I KNOW they build right the first time. But as a homeowner, it is your responsibility to take care of the home. Here is a list to get you started:
1. Run Your Exhaust Fans
Your kitchen and bathroom need proper ventilation, as they produce a lot of moisture that can end up in your walls, floors and attic. Always run the exhaust fan when cooking or taking a shower and at least 20-30 minutes after.
2. Keep Plants Away From Foundation
Keep shrubs and greenery away from foundation walls. You don’t wany plants right up against your foundation. We always want to direct water away from the home, especially around the foundation.
3. Watch Out For Leaks
It’s important to fix any leaks in your home. They are a key contributor to mould growth. Check faucets, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets and basement drains near the sump pump.
4. Keep On Top Of Seasonal Maintenance
All homes require maintenance – even new ones. What homeowners often brush off as minor issues – like cracks in the foundation and plumbing leaks – can often lead to bigger problems, like deterioration and wood rot, or unhealthy living conditions due to insufficient moisture control and mould.
Taking care of small repairs as they show up avoids bigger problems, which can save you time and money.
Here are your seasonal checklists:
- Winter Home Maintenance Tasks
- Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
- Summer Home Maintenance Tasks
- Fall Home Maintenance Tasks
5. Pay Attention To Smells In Your House
Here are some of the smells I want you to pay attention to:
- Mushroom smell: Could be dry rot
- Musty smell: Could indicate presence of mold
- Urine smell: Could mean raccoon infestation in the attic
- Related: Why Does My House Smell? By Mike Holmes.
6. Open Your Windows
Even something as small as opening the window for about 15 minutes can promote a healthy air exchange. You should even do this during the wintertime.
Your bed sheets, curtains, and cushions are big magnets for dust mites. Clean these items regularly.
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About Mike Holmes & Holmes Approved Homes:
Mike Holmes is a professional contractor, TV host, author, keynote speaker and TV producer. As one of North America’s most trusted contractors his no-nonsense approach has struck a cord with TV audiences and industry leaders world wide. Mike Holmes has built an international brand based on quality, integrity and trust.
Mike Holmes started the Holmes Approved Homes program to give homebuyers a home built right the first time. Effect Home Builders is a Holmes Approved Homes builder.