The ABCs of Home Maintenance: A Guide to a Happy and Healthy Home

RISA CORSON | November 25, 2023

 As a homeowner, not only do you want to ensure the comfort and longevity of your investment, but you also want your property to stand out in the online marketplace. When potential buyers search for homes, they often use terms like "well-maintained property". Regular maintenance will not only help you catch potential issues early but also contribute to your property's marketability and value when it comes time to sell. Potential buyers will likely look at what has been updated and maintained.

 Owning a home is a significant investment, and just like any investment, it requires regular care and attention to ensure its longevity and your comfort. In this blog, we'll explore 'some' essential tips for maintaining a home, with a special focus on the often-overlooked aspect of dryer vent cleaning.

  1. Regular Inspection:

Performing regular inspections is crucial to catch potential issues before they become major problems. Check your home's exterior for cracks, leaks, or any signs of wear. Inspect your roof, siding, and foundation. Interior inspections should include plumbing, electrical systems, and appliances.

  1. HVAC System Maintenance:

Your homes' heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system play a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. Change air filters regularly, schedule professional HVAC inspections, and clean air ducts to ensure proper airflow and efficiency.

  1. Gutter Cleaning:

Clogged gutters can lead to water damage, compromising your home's foundation. Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to prevent water accumulation, especially during the fall when leaves are likely to accumulate.

  1. Pest Control:

Preventative measures are key to keeping pests at bay. Seal cracks and openings, keep food stored in airtight containers, and schedule regular pest inspections. This proactive approach can save you from costly extermination treatments down the line.

  1. Dryer Vent Cleaning:**

One often underestimated aspect of home maintenance is the cleaning of dryer vents. Over time, lint and debris can accumulate in the vent, reducing the efficiency of your dryer and posing a serious fire hazard. Regularly clean the lint filter after each use and schedule professional dryer vent cleaning annually to ensure proper ventilation.

Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning:

a. Fire Prevention: Accumulated lint in dryer vents is highly flammable, posing a significant fire risk. Regular cleaning reduces this risk, safeguarding your home and family.

b. Energy Efficiency: A clogged dryer vent forces your dryer to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption. Clean vents improve airflow, enhancing the efficiency of your appliance and saving you money on energy bills.

c. Extended Appliance Lifespan: A well-maintained dryer is likely to have a longer lifespan. Regular cleaning reduces wear and tear on the machine, saving you from premature replacements.

d. Improved Air Quality: Lint buildup in dryer vents can release harmful particles into the air, affecting indoor air quality. Cleaning vents contributes to a healthier living environment.


Regular home maintenance is a proactive approach to preserving your investment and ensuring a safe and comfortable living space. Don't overlook the importance of dryer vent cleaning—it's a small task that can have a big impact on your home's safety, energy efficiency, and overall well-being. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to enjoying a happy and healthy home for years to come.


** Twice a year I organize a group discount for dryer vent cleaning, by town, in conjunction with a dryer vent cleaning service. Designated dates are assigned. Typically I need a certain number of homeowners in these towns to participate in order to get the group rate. Contact me for this. Currently the dryer vent professional will be visiting the Closter, Demarest and Haworth towns dec 4, 5, 6 th 2023. If you are interested in dryer vent cleaning and your town is not mentioned, please reach out as I am planning on working on other town group rates for 2024.


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