Hawaiian Home Maintenance

 “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin

Hawaiian home maintenance may not involve furnace upkeep, chimney cleaning and ice prevention, but this tropical seaside climate can take a toll on your home (and your wallet) if you don’t maintain it properly.

Why Maintain your Hawaiian Home

Small problems in a home can add up to huge issues later on if they aren’t dealt with. Costly damage to your house is not the only consequence of neglected maintenance either; property values are also affected. A poorly maintained home can lose 10{22208a55700cbb7beaf8dde94ccfb5c623055f8fb5d593660fcb30af3ced07e7} or more of its value, and its shabby appearance can turn off buyers and make selling much more difficult. Make home maintenance a monthly or seasonal ritual, and you won’t regret it.

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Salt Damage

If your home is near the coast, salt damage can be a major problem if you don’t maintain your home. Salty residue blown in from the ocean will eat away at your electrical components, metal patio furniture and glass windows. Check the exterior of your home frequently for salt residue, and rinse it off with fresh water. Remember, the longer salt is left to sit, the more it eats away at surfaces.

Mold and Mildew

Hawaii’s tropical humid environment means mold and mildew are year-long concerns, especially if you live on the rainy upper slopes or east side. Proper ventilation and consistent cleaning are necessary if you want to prevent a big mold problem. General maintenance for mold includes:

  • Using anti-fungal cleaners
  • Installing ventilation in the bathroom and laundry room
  • Inspecting and repairing bathroom caulking
  • Keeping windows open and fans on
  • Reducing clutter

Final Tip: Keep track of all your maintenance and upgrades, along with receipts. These records will really come in handy when you decide to sell or appraise your home later on.

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