Top Tips for Home Maintenance and New Home Ownership
Owning a home is a lot of responsibility. This is the first thing anyone who owns a home will tell you as soon as you disclose the fact that you are buying a home. In fact, you’ll likely hear this phrase so much that you’ll eventually just roll your eyes and nod your head. And like many repeated phrases, they tend to contain a kernel of truth. In this case, it’s more than a kernel. Owning a home will certainly keep you busy with maintenance and upkeep. If you think you might put your home on the market in some distant or near future, however, these maintenance tips can ensure smoother sailing when that time comes.
How Much Maintenance Does My Home Require?
Well, this depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors have to do with the age of your home. As you know, the older one gets the more our body hurts and aches and requires attention. The same happens with our homes. As they accumulate years, the infrastructure, systems, plumbing, etc. that are in constant use and/or exposed to the elements requires more and more attention and upkeep. For example, your roof requires regular maintenance every year, but after a storm, flooding, or heavy rains, might require extra upkeep. So there are many factors involved, but the key thing to keep in mind that regular maintenance can save you in the long term and help you put your house on the market faster.
The Major Home Items To Upkeep and Maintain
The outside of your home is what is exposed to the elements and what protects your home from them as well. It is also the part of your home that is seen by neighbors and the neighborhood. This forms your curb appeal and a big part of your home selling value in the future. Some of the things to keep an eye on in the exterior of your home include:
- The roof. As we mentioned, a yearly inspection can really save your hide. It catches problems early before they develop into bigger issues that are more costly to fix.
- Gutters: These metal fixtures, control the flow of rainwater and keep it from hitting directly on your home. They protect the roof, siting and foundation. If they become clogged, they can cause a roof to leak or water to leak into your home.
- Paint: The outside paint keeps your home looking beautiful and protects shingles from rot or water damage. You want to look for signs of peeling or chipping paint and give touch ups when necessary.
Inside of the Home
There is a lot of working systems in your home. From the electrical to plumbing, to HVAC. Regular maintenance can save you money and headaches. Some of the things to look out for include:
- HVAC Systems: Calling a technician for regular and yearly maintenance will ensure that everything in the home is working properly. You want to have the ductwork inspected and clean/service the air conditioner and furnace.
- Plumbing: Check for leaks, drips, or clogs. Any signs of either require immediate attention for better results. If you notice the water is not flowing as it should, you might have your pipes inspected and cleaned.
- Renovate and Renew: Doing regular small renovations and renewals on your home can keep it looking and feeling modern and fresh. It doesn’t take a complete bathroom or kitchen overhaul to raise that property value. Choosing one thing at at time can slowly give you a whole new room without a giant hole in your wallet.
The Brian Burds Home Selling Team knows that today’s homeowners are looking for a home that is safe and functional. Keeping your house in top shape will ensure that if the opportunity or necessity comes to sell your home, you are far ahead of the game. These big maintenance tips are a sure way to ensure you’ll get your home’s value worth and more.