15 things all clever homeowners do once a year

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15 things all clever homeowners do once a year

Kayla Gulec Kayla Gulec
 Houses by Pracownia Projektowa ARCHIPELAG, Modern
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Nobody ever said being a homeowner was easy. With such a big space comes great responsibility, and not just with appearance. We're talking about functional upkeep, too. 

In order to make sure your home is up and running the way it should be, there are certain things you need to keep an eye on. So we made this list of things that the clever homeowner does once a year to keep things in tip-top shape. 

Take a look and make sure you're checking all the things you need to!

1. Make sure you're getting the best deal

By reviewing your building's insurance policy

2. Drain and refill the hot water tank

 Kitchen by simplehuman, Modern
simplehuman

square push pump with caddy

simplehuman

This will prevent sediment buildup in the pipes.

3. Clean vents and ducts

Dryer vents and ducts need to be cleaned in order to prevent lint buildup. Cleaning it will keep your machine running the way it was meant to.

4. Update your inventory

This will be beneficial for your insurance.

5. Inspect the roof

Check for things like broken tiles before they get worse and cause bigger home problems.

6. Clear the gutters

This will prevent blockages that make water overflow into your home.

7. Check your foundation

 Houses by Schema Studio Limited,
Schema Studio Limited

The Grey Hillside House

Schema Studio Limited

Look for wall and floor cracks and keep track of them. You want to make note if they get any bigger.

8. Check for water leaks

This will prevent long-time leaks from damaging stone or woodwork.

9. Clean out and organise the garage

Make it a functional workspace, and better yet, you might find a hidden treasure to sell.

10. The outside drains

 Houses by HollandGreen, Classic
HollandGreen

Full House Renovation with Crittall Extension, London

HollandGreen

Outside drains also need to be checked for blockages to ensure good flow.

11. Inspect window seals

industrial  by Dauby, Industrial
Dauby

Pure Ph1925+ window handle in Raw Bronze

Dauby

Re-putty the seals if they're cracking, or replace the glass if it's broken.

12. Keep an eye on your trees

Check if they need trimming or support to keep them healthy.

13. Check for mould

Check for household mould to prevent sickness and foundation problems.

14. Clear the pantry

classic  by Roundhouse, Classic
Roundhouse

Fulham Pantry

Roundhouse

Check the expiry dates on all of your goods in the pantry and make room for fresher ingredients.

15. Throw out old medicine and lotion

modern  by Bonsoni.com, Modern
Bonsoni.com

Bonsoni Mobel Oak Wall Mounted Bathroom Cabinet (Large)

Bonsoni.com

It's funny how we tend to look this over and keep things way past their due date.

If you liked this article, you might also want to know about a few unnecessary mistakes you could avoid.

How many of these things do you do yearly to keep a good home? And let us know if we missed anything!
 Prefabricated Home by FingerHaus GmbH - Bauunternehmen in Frankenberg (Eder), Modern

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