In a recent interview with WisconsinRealEstate.com, we were asked a few questions regarding proper home maintenance. This is the first post in a series relating to the article.
What are some of the dangers or consequences of not properly maintaining your home?
Maintaining a home is a huge area that homeowners should care about. Not only does it keep the property up and running, but the failure to maintain certain items can result in substantial burdens to a pocket book. One of those items is heating equipment. Due to the way modern heating equipment is manufactured, a furnace may shut down due to a partially blocked drain, or something clogging a vent. (Snow, mice, and birds are all culprits to clogging vent stacks.) When a furnace quits running during winter months and it is not caught right away, there is the potential for major damage resulting from pipes breaking.
One of the biggest, and most expensive, problems we run into by far, are water related issues. As previously mentioned, broken pipes and improperly maintained sump pumps cause major damage. During the winter, ice dams can form which can cause water to back up under a roof, thus damaging interior ceilings and walls. Any one of these items not caught in a timely fashion can cause tens of thousands in damage to the property and possessions.
Rodents also love an empty house and will often times chew their way into furniture, and leave their presence known, by the many gifts they leave behind in kitchen cabinets and places where they have nested.
Abandoned homes and properties in the winter are also a huge target for break-ins. When mail and newspapers are not collected, tire tracks are not visible in the driveway, and snow has not been removed for a while, are all signs that let the bad guys know you and your property are an easy target!
Check out my interview, The Facts About Proper Home Maintenance on Wisconsin Real Estate, one of the top sites for Wisconsin real estate, including Beaver Dam, WI real estate. Wisconsin Real Estate also services Illinois real estate and Michigan homes for sale.