Work with a Pro on these Home Maintenance Tasks

by Maryann Ross Levanti 11/08/2020

Photo by Elena Rouame on Unsplash

Ensuring that your home is well-maintained, is critical to protect your asset and give you the best chance at a solid resale price in the future. There are many maintenance tasks that can easily be handled on your own, and for those who consider themselves handymen, there are quite a few tasks easy enough to handle. But even for the handiest homeowner, there are some maintenance tasks that should be left to a licensed contractor. Below are three home maintenance items that you may want to tackle with a professional. 

HVAC Maintenance

Bi-annual HVAC maintenance can help keep your HVAC system running longer, can improve the energy efficiency of your home, and can reduce the amount of dust that accumulates on floors and furniture. An HVAC maintenance visit typically involves checking filters and parts for repair or replacement, cleaning all of the components of the system, and checking for any restrictions in airflow. While this may seem simple, HVAC systems are fairly complicated and sometimes even dangerous to work on. Gas leaks and electrical problems can pose possible fire risks, so it is crucial to have someone certified in HVAC repair check for and address these issues. 

Plumbing Maintenance

Plumbing issues can occur for many reasons. In some homes, the piping is old, which means it could be the inappropriate size to handle the flow of water or waste, or it could have become damaged through corrosion or interference by root systems. These issues, along with seal and pressure problems, account for a large part of chronic plumbing issues. Unfortunately, many of these problems are not always apparent to someone who is not trained to look for them. While it may seem simple enough to fix a leaky faucet or a clog if the problems recur, there is likely to be worse problems farther down the line you cannot see. If you notice water where it shouldn't, repetitive leaks, or constant backups, you should call in an experienced plumber to check your system before it results in a major issue such as backed-up sewage, or significant water damage. 

Roof Repairs

A vital part of your home is the roof. It not only protects your home against weather, but it also helps to keep your home insulated, making it more comfortable inside. Unfortunately, it is one of the parts of your home that is most subjected to the elements and may need some maintenance and repairs from time to time. You will want to leave these tasks in the hands of the pros for a couple of reasons. Working on a roof can be dangerous if you are not familiar with it, and could result in serious injuries if you fall. Proper materials, procedures, and products should be used on your roof to ensure that it prevents water from leaking in and to be sure any materials can be properly warrantied.

When you are in need of any of the maintenance issues above, be sure to call in a professional to get the job done. Paying a little more for maintenance could save you a lot of money and time in the long run. 

About the Author

Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.