You’ve done it! You’ve bought a house, and now you are the proud owner of a home. But how can you maintain the value of that house you worked so hard to buy? Here are a few tips:
Roof Maintenance and Repair
Replacing the roof on your home can be a big investment, but one that is important. Issues like leaky roofs and water damage can lead to other problems, such as flooding – which will only devalue your prized asset. To properly maintain the roof, be sure to check often for damaged zinc, loose shingles and clogged gutters which can result in pooling water and eventual damage. You can always hire a reliable roofing company to get on the roof and inspect it for you, this is very important to do before and after heavy rains or winds, storms or hurricanes.
If you have an attic, then check for signs of water leakage from the roof. Also look for any signs of termites or rodents, because rats that nest in your attic or anywhere in your home can chew electrical wiring, which can lead to fires.
Termites are perhaps the worst enemy for a wooden structure, especially if that structure is your home. Waiting until the termites have done their damage is never a good idea, so take steps to prevent an infestation before it happens. Make life easier - and save time and money down the road - by working with a pest professional to have your home treated for termite prevention before there are any visible signs of termites on your home or property. Doing this can help the home remain structurally sound and maintain its value for years to come.
Fresh Paint, Fresh Look.
Something as simple as painting the interior and exterior of your house can really hike up the value of your property. A coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to give your home a fresh, well-maintained appearance for little investment. Climate, weather and whether you have children or pets will dictate how often you will have to repaint your home, but every five-to-ten years should do the trick. Painting the ceiling can also brighten up a room quickly, making it look more attractive. When painting the exterior of your home make sure to consider whether the primer also needs to be repainted. If your house is not concrete, be sure to keep exterior siding and trim well painted and power-washed.
Plumbing Assessment and Replacement
To reduce the likelihood of plumbing issues and help maintain the value of your home, be sure to check faucets, toilets, showers and pipes for leaks. Even high-end appliances and high-quality plumbing work can cause leaks and even floods after a certain number of years. Have a plumber look over your home’s plumbing to detect any issues that need correcting to avoid a potential disaster in the future. Replace rubber hoses on appliances with flexible, stainless steel hoses to help prevent leaks. In your kitchen, check for leaks under and around the sink and in bathrooms, check for plumbing leaks and replace toilets, sinks or tubs that have been damaged or corroded.
Update, Not Upgrade
Fixtures, appliances, furniture and cabinetry will need updating every few years depending on its longevity. However, not every new purchase needs to be an upgrade. When you replace older items, don’t feel obligated to purchase the most expensive model each and every time. Whenever possible, however, do try to choose energy efficient appliances that will reduce your energy bills each month and will be attractive to potential future buyers if you choose to sell in the future.
Exterior Care and Kerb Appeal
If your house is wooden, check that the paint has not worn away so much that the primer paint is showing. If the primer also wears down, the wood can become damaged – which is no homeowners dream. Similarly, brick houses should be inspected for damaged bricks or masonry, and on stucco houses, repair any cracks large enough to slide a coin into it.
Let’s be honest, whether we invite them in or not, the first things about our home people see are the front door, walkway, and yard – so let’s make that first impression a good one. Spend some time creating an attractive entrance to the home that won’t take a lot of time to maintain. Consider a gravelled area that looks tidy without needing extensive gardening skills to keep it looking great. Keep the lawn healthy and trees and shrubs trimmed. Also, asphalt and concrete driveways should be repaired if there are any cracks or damage.
Security systems, air conditioners, water heaters, and smoke alarms should also be inspected and repaired as often as is necessary.
I know you are on cloud nine now that you bought that new “Welcome Home” mat, but bear in mind that just like going to the dentist, paying taxes or going to get a booster shot, maintaining the look and upkeep of your home is necessary even if it isn’t always fun.
So, yeah you did it, and it was worth it! Now keep the worth up too.
Not Quite Ready To Buy a Home?