Five Oft-Forgotten Minor Home Maintenance Tips

Staying on top of everything involved in keeping Memphis area homes in tip-top condition requires at least some degree of parallel concentration—a skill that can be hard to manifest when major maintenance issues are underway. If you are in the midst of a re-roofing project, for instance—comparing bids, then overseeing the progress of your Memphis area roofing contractor—it’s less likely that you will also be focusing on a back door that could use re-screening.

Along those lines, there is a short collection of Memphis area home maintenance tasks it’s all too easy to put off. Here are five of those:

  1. Water heater. It’s simply a fact (an invisible one) that corrosion-causing sediment will shorten a water heater’s service life. Cleaning it out has a nice side benefit: lower power consumption all winter long.
  2. Drip pan. Most refrigerators gather excess moisture in a drip pan behind the kick panel. When you pull it out, be careful: it usually is full (sometimes including mold). If the drain lines are being obstructed with mold, they can be cleared with a reshaped clothes hanger…but when doing the clearing, protect yourself by wearing a mask (Memphis area homeowners have plenty of those, nowadays!).
  3. Lint screen. The clothes dryer’s lint screen gradually accumulates a film that makes it less efficient—even putting excess strain on the blower motor. It’s simple to soak it in a dishwasher soap and hot water bath, then gently brush and rinse.
  4. Fire Extinguisher. Their expiration dates are always visible (and too-often ignored). When you need them to work, nothing’s more important!
  5. Preparedness Kit. Many Memphis area households haven’t assembled an emergency preparedness kit to deal with possible natural disasters. In the course of studying why that is so common, FEMA developed a five-stage description of stages of behavior regarding preparing for emergencies: Pre-Contemplation (i.e., not even thinking about emergencies); Contemplation; Preparation (actively considering doing something); Action (starting to do something); and Maintenance (having prepared a kit and maintaining it for more than six months). Assembling a kit isn’t difficult, yet few U.S. households have a working flashlight, first aid kit, medications set aside for emergencies, or emergency blanket/clothing/bedding.

When Memphis area’s autumn weather turns nice, it’s the perfect time to finish attending to the minor to-do’s that pile up over summer. In any season, I’m standing by to help with all your Memphis area real estate matters. Call me anytime!

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Tim OHare

Tim O'Hare has over 15 years experience working with executive leadership as a digital marketing and technology specialist. Tim relocated to Collierville, TN where he began his real estate career with a sphere of less than 10. In his first 18 months, he was Rookie of the Year at his brokerage and a member of the Multi Million Dollar Club. Tim realized the best way he could give back was to help others unlock their potential, so that they feel empowered to accomplish their personal and professional goals. His passion to learn, coach and give back to the community is what shapes him as a leader. He brings a strong competitive mindset and understands the commitment necessary to accomplish even the most audacious goals. Tim currently lives in Collierville with his wife Anna and 2 boys. He's a member of the Collierville Rotary and serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals for Collierville. Tim also sits on multiple committees at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

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