Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, maintaining your home protects your investment!
I have been writing plenty of articles about improving your home lately. But even more important than improving your home is simply maintaining it! If you know how to maintain your home you can avoid spending more money on repairs. If you do not keep your home in tip top shape, it can really affect the value of a house. Which is going to hurt your bottom line when it comes time to sell.
By practicing proper preventative maintenance on your home, you can protect your investment. About every 6 months or so, you should take some time to look long and hard at your house to make sure everything is still functioning properly and safely.
I am sure you are wondering where to start. Here are a few important places to keep your eye on:
You really need to watch out for pests and insects. Now when I say pests, I am not talking about that annoying family member. Instead you need to check your home for any insects and unwanted pests such as carpenter ants and termites.
Especially termites since they can do so much damage to your home. You need to make sake sure that there isn’t any wood in contact with the soil. Also you need to keep the bushes and trees away from the foundation of the property.
By preventing termites, it could save you thousands of dollars on repairs. I would also suggest talking to some pest control companies to see what they can do to protect your home. The small amount of money you pay now is NOTHING compared to the cost of repairs later on!
Windows and Doors
By keeping your doors and windows in good shape, you can save money. Who doesn’t like to save money? Make sure to take care of any leaks that are going to run up your utility bills. It will save you money just making sure that everything is sealed properly.
Gutters and Downspouts
Can’t tell you how many times I have seen homes that have issues directly related to improperly maintained gutters and downspouts. When you are inspecting the exterior of your home, allow some time to clean out all of the debris from your downspouts and gutters. You need to make sure that they are draining properly and moving water away from the house. The problems I have seen are usually wood rot around the gutters or problems with the foundation.
Check Your Roof
When people talk about improving the curb appeal of a home, they often neglect to mention the roof. But I have seen plenty of buyers rule a home out because the roof needs work. So every 6 months, take a few minutes to inspect your roof. Some things to be on the look out for are any loose shingles or damaged roof tiles. It will be a lot cheaper to fix than the water damage caused by a leaky roof!
The Take Away
This is just a few of the things you should keep an eye on to protect your home’s value!
If you are buying a home, be sure to pay attention to these areas when you look at homes for sale. After you have bought, apply these tips to protect your investment!
Selling a home that has been properly maintained could make a HUGE difference in how quickly the home sells. And it is very likely it will sell for more money.