When it comes to home security, a good set of locks on the doors and windows is basic. When it comes to home value, a great-looking set of doors and windows can seem even more important than their secure operation. When it comes to selling or buying your home, both security and appearance heavily influence the asking price.
Lists of home maintenance chores don’t often include doors and windows other than to clean them. Keeping doors and windows operating properly is not hard work. Ignoring them makes for a less comfortable (and potentially less secure) home.
Doors and windows keep conditioned air inside where it belongs. They are a barrier to unwanted guests (insect, animal and human).
Yes, they are meant to look good, but they need to work. That means they should open and close without effort, they should lock securely, and they should be energy-efficient.
How do you check your windows and doors?
Well, one of the obvious tasks is to actually open and close every window and door to see whether they stick or close incompletely. If you find a problem at this step, we have tips on common fixes for windows that stick and doors that won’t close properly.
Keeping insect and animal pests outside usually depends on screens being in good shape and there being no gaps around the window and door frames. Those gaps around the frames can let insects in and let conditioned air out. Caulk and weather-stripping are the usual tools for closing those gaps.
A secure home has locks on its doors and windows and those locks work. If you find your locks are erratic, we have ideas for you on how to fix the situation.
When you consider your doors and windows from a safety perspective, look at the porch or stairs leading to your doors. Are the steps in good shape? Is there rot in the wood?
Appearance is one good reason to check your deck but safety and security are other strong reasons. Weather, wear and tear, and time all take a toll.
For a more detailed look at maintenance for the outside of your home, check our outside tour of your house post.
The main point is that watchful care keeps your home comfortable, secure, and attractive. It also keeps the value of your home high. A well-cared-for home is far less likely to have unexpected problems and repairs.
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