Maintenance is the keyword! Nothing can bring the value of your home down more quickly than neglect and disrepair. Don’t wait until you are ready to sell your home to make repairs and keep up maintenance on systems that need regular attention. In the end, it will be much more cost effective to address concerns as they arise. Regular preventative maintenance in the following areas can save you a fortune and secure the value of your home.
- The Exterior of your home, when neglected, can quickly fall into disrepair. Especially in areas where the weather is harsh. Quickly repairing damaged wood work, siding, trim, stucco, stone, and brick will keep your home looking updated and fresh. Immediately taking care of small issues that come up will prevent them from becoming major problems in the future, saving you time and money in the long run.
- Landscaping lends to the curb appeal of your home, and when the lawn and flower beds are left to themselves, it shows! A lush green lawn, free of weeds and debris, is ideal. Clean flowerbeds with fresh mulch and trimmed shrubs will set the stage for your home. Again, when regularly maintained, the landscaping is easier to manage. Once it gets away from you, it can be costly to get it under control.
- Concrete work on sidewalks, patios, and driveways should be kept in good condition. Taking care of small cracks or other issues while they are small will keep your walkways and outdoor areas looking preserved and inviting.
- Exterior screens, windows, and doors not only add charm and interest to your home, but also serve a purpose. Door gaskets, weather stripping, and screens free of tears will protect your home from unwanted pests and save on utility bills.
- Interior walls, trim, and paint can often go unnoticed when they begin to deteriorate. Paying close attention to detail in this area can keep your home looking updated, and can save you a great deal of work or money when you decide it’s time to sell.
- Wood flooring can wear in high traffic areas, and diligently maintaining the beauty of your wood floors can even increase the value of your home. Products which are designed to protect wood can easily be applied to the flooring as needed.
- Carpet can be one of the hardest items in your home to maintain. This is an area where regular maintenance can pay off. Regular steam cleaning and protective products can make a big difference.
- Tile and grout, whether on the floor, kitchen backsplash, or shower, should be cleaned and maintained frequently. This is another item that can be costly to refurbish if let go for too long.
- HVAC system maintenance should be done annually and can lower your energy bill, prevent breakdowns, and add to the life of your equipment. Likewise, filters and such should be replaced regularly to keep your system running at optimal efficiency.
- Plumbing issues are never fun, and can even lead to damage beyond comprehension. However, regular maintenance of your system can keep it working properly, minimizing problems that could require time, money, and headaches in the future.
- The Electrical System in your home is an intricate system, and better left to a professional. An annual inspection can help ward off any future catastrophic situations. Flickering lights or a breaker that frequently trips could be warning signs and shouldn’t be ignored.
- We tend to think of light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, outlet covers, and knobs and pulls as cosmetic features in our homes. However, when they are in disrepair, especially light and plumbing fixtures, they can cost us unnecessary waste of energy and money. Quickly replace fixtures with damage or in poor working condition.
Preventative maintenance on your home can maintain not only the systems within it, but also the value of your home. Letting things go around the house can end up costing you much more than regular maintenance and repair of items as they occur. Persistence in insuring your home’s value by maintaining it will reward you in the end.