Home Maintenance Guide - GUEST POST (JESSE FOX) 

(June 14, 2018 )


So, you’ve gotten your home inspected, and you’ve got questions about some of the home maintenance options recommended to you. Find out what you need to do with this guide!





Change furnace filters

How Often Should It Be Done? Every 3-4 months, depending on whether or not you have pets, and several other factors.
Can I Do It Myself? How? Yes, and changing your furnace filter is quite easy. Here's a helpful instructional video.

What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? You don’t need to hire anyone to change your furnace filter because it’s very simple to do on your own. 

Furnace cleaning

How Often Should It Be Done? Home owners need to clean their furnaces on a yearly basis, along with a furnace tune-up.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Watch this simple video showing DIY furnace cleaning. However, we recommend hiring a professional for a yearly furnace check-up and cleaning.


What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? A professional will charge about $100, and this service is usually included with other furnace tune-ups. 

Duct cleaning


How Often Should It Be Done? You should check your ducts every 1-2 years. Failure to do so can result in blockages and other issues.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Yes, but it is quite difficult and requires specialized equipment. Here’s a helpful video explaining the process.

What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? The price can range from $300-$1,000 depending on your home, and the condition of your vents. 

Cleaning exterior vents

How Often Should It Be Done? Home owners need to clean their exterior vents every 1-2 years, to ensure that exterior vents like dryer vents and air intakes are free of lint and other debris.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Yes and it’s quite simple to clean your own exterior vents. Here is a guide on doing so. 

What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? It’s not necessary to hire a professional to clean your exterior vents, unless they are in an inaccessible area or you are uncomfortable doing so yourself. 

Roof checks

How Often Should It Be Done? Every year, you should inspect your roof and check for loose and missing shingles, and other defects.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Watch this video explaining the roof inspection process.


What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? An average of $200, according to HomeAdvisor

Servicing sump pumps, check floats, fill up, drain

How Often Should It Be Done? Every 1-2 years. This helps keep discharge at least 4 feet from the foundation, preventing cracking.

Can I Do It Myself? How? You can check your own sump pump, using this video, but it will be difficult to service it yourself.


What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? Expect to pay around $500 for a repair, if it’s required. 

Lifting/dropping downspouts

How Often Should It Be Done? Downspouts should be lifted in the fall, and dropped in the spring.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Yes, if you have the proper downspout, it can be easily disconnected and raised or dropped.

What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? You can get your downspouts lifted or dropped during a routine gutter servicing, which costs around $100-$250 

Attic checks and pictures

How Often Should It Be Done? Every 6 months. This helps you identify potential leaks and other issues.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Yes. Simply examine your attic and look for mold, leaks, and other potential issues. Take photos so that you can compare them in the future. Here’s an instructional video.


What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? Attic checks are part of a home inspection, which costs an average of $300. 

Test all GFI receptacles, breakers

How Often Should It Be Done? Every 3-6 months. This helps you detect electrical faults.

Can I Do It Myself? How? Yes. Simply check every power outlet in your home, and see if they are functioning properly using a lamp or another low-power device, or a multimeter. You should also inspect your circuit breaker. Here is a video explaining the process.


What Will It Cost To Hire Someone Else? An electrical inspection costs $125-$400, depending on your area and the specifics of your home. 

Get Started Now! With this guide, you’ll have everything you need to bring your home up to standards before selling it or putting it on the market. So get started now, and contact FXC Inspections if you have further questions! 

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Jesse Fox, FXC Inspections

403-598-6894 


Proudly serving Central Alberta including Red Deer, Edmonton, and Calgary
 I have worked all over Canada on different projects ranging from residential, commercial, and insurance.  I have seen every type of issue related to a home including electrical, mold, asbestos, flooding, structural, and more.  I have the knowledge to inspect homes while giving the homeowner confidence, understanding, and piece of mind that the home they are purchasing is a safe suitable fit for their family.  With homes being one of the biggest investments in someone’s life, knowing you are buying something safe is key to success in the real estate market.We look forward to guiding you through one of the most important investments you’ll ever make.- Jesse Fox, FXC Inspections

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