Like your traditional stick-built homes, modular homes need maintenance too. When you maintain them, you will enjoy your space and home for years on end. Even better, you will improve what is already a valued property and give your equity a bump – should you plan to sell.
Know that maintenance can be a hectic process, especially when you are neither a handyman or contractor. Worse, you can cause damage if you don't know what you're doing and get in over your head.
So, what can you do? How can you care for your modular home?
Here, you will find a 7-point checklist detailing the “wheres” and “hows” of maintaining your modular home. The best part: you only need to perform most of these tasks once or twice a year.
Pro tip: the best way to care for your modular home is by engaging an expert to build it. And by that, we mean hiring a professional, like ModSolid, from the start.
Start With Your Foundation
Any damage to the foundation of your modular home could cause it to sink or crack. For that reason, it is best that you start your maintenance duties from there. Check that the support structure is firm. Also, it should be level. If the foundation is soft your home might start shifting, creating massive issues
Note: when you maintain your foundation, do so regularly, especially inspecting the level. It your foundation is shifting or sinking causing it to become un-level it's best to catch it as early as possible to avoid very costly repairs.
Clean Your Siding
Dirty siding is the fastest way to tarnish the curb appeal of your modular beauty. Ensure you have a regular schedule for cleaning your siding. And fortunately, a good pressure wash with normal water will suffice for the job and in the most extreme cases you can add some detergent to really get your home gleaming again.
Pro tip: be careful of using bleach for cleaning tough stains off your siding; it could damage your home. Instead, get a cleaning solution and use it on the siding once a year.
Inspect And Fix Your Windows
Before cleaning your modular home interiors, check your windows. Is the caulking and sealant in good condition? How about your vents? Any blockages or damage?
If you observe any leak in the sealants around your window, it is best to reseal immediately. Now, you might argue that you didn’t see any side effects even with the defects but leaky seals can be disastrous in winter. It can lead to cracks around your window and vents. Worst case: your home will become too cold, and you'd spend through the nose on energy bills.
Main point: don't wait till winter - you might forget. Fix any leak as soon you find it to make your modular home an energy-efficient haven!
Check Your HVAC Systems
Treat your HVAC systems with care and attention to detail. You can start with the filters. Are they in good condition? Do you take time to clean them periodically? Ensuring you change your filters regularly. We advise every 3 months or so.
If you don't already have a cleaning routine for your HVAC filters, start now. When you do, you will improve the air quality around your home and improve the life and longevity of your HVAC system.
Once you've got your filter schedule looked after, hire a professional and schedule a maintenance and cleaning for the entire system at least once a year. Your HVAC system will give you your money's worth if you do!
Smart Cleaning Aids For Your Interiors
By smart cleaning, we mean you should clean with friendly cleaners. Why?
Harsh detergents, for example, can discolor your furniture, flooring, counter tops, other luxury components you've opted for in your dream home. And the worst case is when you use bleach; it would corrode your fixtures, especially since cleaning here is regular.
Thankfully, you can avoid all the episodes with gentle detergents and water. Also, be careful where to clean with water; dusting or cleaning solution might be best for metallic surfaces.
Don't Forget To Maintain Your Roof!
Out of sight, out of mind. But much like your foundation, your roof is key to making your modular home beautiful and safe for a long time to come. For that reason, make sure you keep it top of mind, (lol see what we did there?), ensure you keep it clean of debris, broken shingles, and look for damaged ventilation.
When you eventually come across broken shingles, fix them as soon as possible. Damaged and broken shingles can affect a larger area and the issues tend to compound if left unchecked or unfixed. Also, check for any crack or leaks in your roof sealants and repair it immediately. You don't want to risk mold and rodent infestation.
Another crucial part of your roof that needs attention is the eavestroughs. For best results clear your gutters of debris and gunk in the fall, after the leaves fall, and again in spring after the snow melts.
Pro tip: inspecting your roof twice a year will help you stay ahead of damages. For gutters, once-a-year cleaning will suffice – but ensure you do a thorough job.
Overall, maintaining your modular home is crucial to keeping it clean and livable. And with our checklist, the entire process can be less of a task.
And remember, regular maintenance is more affordable than waiting until damage to repair your home. Hopefully, that helps you make the best decision for your home!
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