Keeping Your Kauai Home or Vacation Rental in Top Shape

Home maintenance in Hawaii provides some unique challenges. As much as we love the refreshing breezes of the tropical tradewinds, they bring the salty, moist air that creates some maintenance issues for homeowners, along with other standard home maintenance.

The first step in proper home maintenance is preparing a list of things that need to be done and prioritizing these items so that the most important tasks are done first.

This is necessary if you only have a limited amount of time and helps you identify tasks that need to be done to prevent permanent damage to your home which may require replacing items rather than just being able to maintain and preserve them.

If you take care of the most serious problems first you will ensure that you don’t let things get to the point that mold, rust, or wear and tear causes irreversible damage.

Here are some things to consider as you make out your to-do list.

Check the caulking on all of your doors and windows to make sure it has not deteriorated or cracked creating openings where water can penetrate the home’s surface. Good caulking also keeps bugs out and lowers your energy bill if you use air conditioning.

Check the bathroom tiles to see if any grout needs replacing. Also check any caulk seals around showers or other areas.

If you have air conditioning check the filter to make sure it is clean and free of dust. You may take it out in the yard and wash it, or decide to replace it with a new filter.

Check for areas of the home exterior where paint touch up may be needed.

Check to make sure the roof is in good shape. Also check any exterior decks to see if they need pressure washing, and check if any awning or eaves are developing mildew that needs to be addressed.

Check the interior paint as well as the floors to see if any floors or stairs need to be refinished.

Clean out your gutters thoroughly, including the downspouts. If there are some leaves or other debris clogging the downspout you may be able to use long barbecue tongs to remove the items.

Also check your gutters for loose gutter nails. When it rains hard the gutters take a lot of abuse so these nails often work their way loose and the gutter begins to sag, causing a low spot where the water pours out rather than making its way to the downspout.

Loose gutter nails may be replaced with new nails or with lag screws which are stronger and hold better. All that you need for this is a drill (e.g., cordless drill) and the right size bit to drive the lag screws.

Assess what yard work needs to be done including tree trimming. Make sure and trim large trees before they get out of control creating a potential hazard on windy days or a hurricane.

Don’t be afraid to call in an expert handyman, especially for difficult tasks. Just make sure to use a trusted and reliable licensed and insured contractor, and check their credentials and references carefully before allowing them on your property.

Hiring a professional will ensure you are using the proper materials and application methods. This may actually save you money by avoiding mistakes.

Hiring professionals for Kauai home maintenance and repair is also advisable, particularly if you are putting off maintenance issues because you don’t have time at the moment and plan to complete the work later.

Hiring a professional is much better than allowing your home to fall into such disrepair that it will eventually cost you more to fix than it would have cost to maintain.

For more information about homes on Kauai please feel free to give us a call at Bali Hai Realty. Also see our Kauai Real Estate Galleries or use our unique Map-Based Kauai Home Search.

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