Having a home is like being in a long-term relationship. If you neglect it eventually it will start to show but if you do regular maintenance it will serve you well in the long run.
If you plan to live in your home for a long time, or if the home you purchased has
older components, here’s your guide to long-term maintenance. Planning for
these tasks helps you budget for them. Plus, staying on top of these
maintenance jobs will ensure better resale value when it comes time to sell.
Every 2-5 Years
Replace caulking around windows and doors to keep your home energy
Have a professional clean and repair HVAC ducts for more efficient
airflow and to avoid health hazards.
Have a professional do a termite inspection to find problems before they
Every 5-10 Years
Paint the outside—paint wood siding before
Every 10-15 Years
Replace smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors after 10 years—do
this even if they seem to be working properly (they’re a small investment
that could save your life and home).
Replace the hot water heater after about 10 years—handy homeowners
can install electric units, but always hire a professional for gas models.