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6 Home Maintenance Tips That You’re Probably Overlooking!

Being involved in real estate means going into ALOT of homes….some amazing and some not so amazing.  But, we get it – in the bustling life of a military family, managing a home can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.

With constant relocations, the stress of deployments, and the day-to-day challenges of family life, it’s easy to overlook some of the less obvious, yet crucial home maintenance tasks.

These often-mislooked tips not only keep your home in top shape but also prolong its life. Here are a few uncommon home maintenance tips that every homeowner should keep on their radar.


  1. The Dishwasher’s Hidden Filter


Yes, your dishwasher, the appliance that saves you from the tedious task of handwashing, needs its own cleaning regimen. Hidden away, usually at the bottom of the machine, lies a filter that catches food particles and debris.

Neglecting this little component can lead to unpleasant odors, reduced efficiency, and potentially costly repairs. Make it a habit to clean this filter monthly. Simply remove it, rinse it under hot water, and gently scrub it with a soft brush to remove any trapped particles.

This small act can significantly extend the life of your dishwasher and ensure it continues to serve you well.


  1. HVAC System’s Condensation Line


The HVAC system is the unsung hero of home comfort, especially in areas with extreme temperatures. One vital aspect that’s often overlooked is the condensation line. This line drains condensation from the air handler to the outside, preventing moisture buildup in the system.

Over time, it can become clogged with algae and mold, leading to water damage inside your home and reduced efficiency of your unit. Twice a year, flush this line with a cup of vinegar or bleach to keep it clear.

And you know Murphy, if you let this go for too long, your unit WILL FAIL on the hottest day of the year!


  1. Garbage Disposal Maintenance


The garbage disposal is another appliance that’s easily forgotten until problems arise. Regular maintenance can prevent unpleasant odors and keep it running smoothly. Every month, consider running a few ice cubes and a handful of kosher salt through the disposal.

This concoction helps to sharpen the blades and remove built-up grime.  This simple trick works and costs only pennies.  No need for special smelly tablets! 

This routine not only prolongs the life of your disposal but helps to clean it.


  1. Weather Stripping Around Doorways


Weather strips around doorways play a crucial role in maintaining your home’s temperature and reducing energy bills. Over time, weather stripping can deteriorate, leading to drafts and increased energy consumption.

Inspect the stripping around doors annually, particularly before the extreme seasons of summer and winter, and replace it as needed.

This not only ensures your home remains energy-efficient but also contributes to a more comfortable living environment, something every family, especially those frequently braving new climates, can appreciate.


  1. Replacing the Flapper in Your Toilet


A constantly running toilet is not just a nuisance; it’s a silent drain on your resources, significantly increasing your water bill. One common culprit behind this issue is a worn-out flapper.

The flapper is a rubber valve in the tank that stops water from entering the bowl until you flush. Over time, it may warp and fail to seal properly, leading to a continuous flow of water. Fortunately, replacing a toilet flapper is a simple and inexpensive DIY task that can have an immediate impact on reducing your water usage.

Doing this not only conserves water but also cuts down on your utility bills—a win-win in our book!


  1. Changing the HVAC Filter


Back to the HVAC!  It’s astonishing how a task as simple as changing the HVAC filter can be frequently overlooked, yet it’s one of the most crucial aspects of home maintenance. A clean filter ensures efficient system operation, improves indoor air quality, and extends the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

A clogged filter forces the system to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption and higher bills. It can also contribute to system failures, which are both inconvenient and costly.

Manufacturers typically recommend changing the filter every 30 to 90 days, but this can vary based on factors such as pet ownership, allergies, and the type of filter used. Making a habit of checking and replacing your HVAC filter regularly can lead to significant savings and a healthier living environment for your family. 

Pro tip:  Set up an auto delivery on Amazon to receive a new filter every other month to keep you on a schedule!

By giving attention to these often-overlooked areas, homeowners can make their home a more efficient and comfortable living space. Remember, the health of your home plays a crucial role in the overall well-being of your family.

Take the time and get these tips completed!  



*For more from The Homegirls, visit their M:M Expert Page or their The PCS Homegirls page.





  • The PCS Homegirls

    Tracey Greene and Annie Pepoon are co-founders of The PCS Homegirls. The Army brought them together in 2016 when their families were stationed at Ft. Carson (and then again at Ft. Benning a few years later) and they’ve been friends ever since! They are both licensed and professional real estate agents at their current duty stations (Ft Stewart and Ft Liberty). After years of friendship, they decided to start an online community in order to help educate and support military families in the home buying and home selling process. As military spouses themselves with over 14 PCS moves between them as well as 9 home sales/purchases across 10 states, they understand the difficulties that can arise for military families when trying to navigate the home buying and selling process in the midst of life in general. The goal of The PCS Homegirls is to connect military families with vetted military affiliated agents wherever they may PCS. Additionally, they want to provide useful resources while at their current duty stations such as PCS tips and a supportive community. The PCS Homegirls detail base guides and information in their Living Like a Local Series, as well as other PCS and military related topics. Most recently, they’ve branched out to highlight military lifestyle topics on their blog. Join Annie and Tracey today in their online community or find a vetted and trustworthy real estate agent in your area by filling out their real estate agent questionnaire.


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