To say that regular maintenance is something that homeowners are NOT looking forward to is a little bit of an understatement. However, that doesn’t make it any less important – in fact, it’s probably a lot more important than you think. You may think you’re saving a little money today by not paying someone to come out and trim those dead tree branches or clear your gutters, but the types of issues that those small problems can blossom into make the money (and effort) more than worth it.
Regular Maintenance is Proactive Maintenance
One of the major ways that regular maintenance helps to save money for both homeowners and homeowners associations has to do with how it allows you to address small problems before they have a chance to become much bigger (and more expensive) ones later on.
Take gutter cleaning, for example. Nobody likes to spend an afternoon climbing up on top of their roof to remove dirt, leaves and other debris from their gutters. If you don’t, however, this can absolutely cause a leaky roof – which itself will ultimately lead to water damage both inside and outside of a home. Remember that gutters control the flow of rainwater both to protect your roof and to help maintain the security of the walls, the foundation and even the landscaping in and around a home.
Tree trimming, also sometimes referred to as pruning, is equally important for these reasons. Making a proactive effort to maintain a tree’s structure via strategic trimming can help reduce the risk of everything from broken limbs to falling branches – both of which could do damage that is far more expensive than the cost to trim the tree in the first place.
Along the same lines, taking the appropriate steps to safeguard your home against the cold winter months of the year is also always a good idea. Winter preparation isn’t recommended by HOA management just for the sake of it. A failure to properly prepare your home could lead to a situation like a burst pipe, for example – something that CostHelper.com estimates costs between $500 to $3,800 or more to replace depending on the pipe itself, the amount of damage that was done, whether any foundation issues were discovered, etc.
If you’re like most people, the thought of performing regular property maintenance on your home isn’t necessarily something that you find exciting to say the least. But it is absolutely necessary, particularly because the costs of NOT performing regular maintenance are so high. Remember that a large number of different problems could be easily avoided by taking a few simple, manageable steps today.