By Prince William Living
You’ve probably heard it before. A home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. And you probably were good about maintaining it, at least for the first few years, when the excitement of moving in was still fresh. But what happens after the novelty wears off? Sometimes, it becomes easy to forget the basics of home ownership. However, if you want to maintain the value of your home, you’ll have to take care of it. Here are some reminders about what’s important to do regularly.
Paint it up. There’s no more cost-effective way to liven up your rooms than by applying fresh paint. Whether you are planning to stay in your home or sell in the near future, consider attractive, neutral colors for your paint. Paint degrades over time, so on average, you should repaint your walls about every five years.
Give it a facelift. Most people might not see the interior of your home, so it’s important to keep the outside looking tidy and well-maintained. Curb appeal is important, whether you’re planning to stay, sell or refinance, or just want to help keep the neighborhood tidy. Keep your lawn mowed and weeded, and add some plants, gravel and fresh mulch for a relatively inexpensive boost to your home’s value.
Update it. Be sure to replace your old appliances as they near the end of their lifetimes and try to purchase more energy efficient models. They will help maintain the value of your home and save you money on utilities as long as you live there. You don’t have to choose the fanciest stainless steel, Wi-Fi connected, French-doored refrigerator, but if your old fridge has seen better days, consider purchasing a newer model. The same goes for the microwave, stove and other appliances.
Keep it clean. Your house doesn’t have to be immaculately bright and sparkly all the time, but regular, deep-cleaning from floor to ceiling helps preserve your home’s value. One of the best things you can do is vacuum regularly to maintain carpets. Also clean up spills as they happen, wipe down walls with gentle cleansers, and keep mold and mildew out of showers and tubs. Keeping your house clean will help preserve your home and help your home age well, which will save you money when it does come time to renovate or replace items.
Roof it. A roof can be costly to replace, so you want to ensure that it’s always in good repair. Maintaining your roof saves you money on potentially costly issues like leaks, which cause even more damage. Make sure there are no loose or missing shingles, and keep your gutters clean, so water doesn’t pool on your roof. Regular inspections and repairs may save you from a full roof replacement for a few years.
Bug-proof it. Exterminating bugs isn’t an option for homeowners. Yet sometimes homeowners will only look into having this done when they’re buying a home or selling. Regular inspections for bugs and pests are important to keeping your home damage-free. Structural damage can get quite costly, so you want to
ensure your investment isn’t being gobbled up by termites, carpenter ants or other harmful insects. Roaches are an automatic no-no. Have your home inspected annually, and treat it monthly, especially if you’ve had trouble with insects in the past.
Remember, if you want to maintain the value of your home, you can, but only if you take care of it. Be sure to protect your biggest investment every day of the year. Don’t let your home fall into disrepair.