AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Doing routine home maintenance is the best way to avoid those really expensive repairs that can come when things aren’t looked after. Plus, when it comes time to sell, buyers will pay more for a well-maintained home. Here’s how to stay on top of the upkeep.
1. Make a schedule and stick to it. Most maintenance can be done annually: roof, gutter, and downspout repairs; sealing exterior cracks; weatherproofing windows and doors; furnace and air conditioning checkups; inspecting and cleaning the drainage system. Put these on your calendar, then do them!
2. Take care of problems as soon as they appear. If a pipe leaks, repair it immediately. If a roof looks worn, repair it before it leaks. When gutters back up, even on a new house, water can come down inside walls and even damage the framing. You want to avoid the extra damage that can occur after something fails.
3. Assemble a team of contractors and repair people. Ask friends in your area, neighbors, and your real estate agent to recommend trades people. When buying a home, ask the seller for a list of the people who have worked on the property.
4. Be careful when choosing the least expensive contractor or building materials. Don’t make cost the most important factor. Shoddy work and inferior materials will cost you more when you have to redo the job.
5. Ask your home inspector to re-inspect your property. Periodically bring in a professional inspector to show you what needs to be done to keep your home in good shape. Inspectors can point out simple, inexpensive things, like sealing cracks and touching up paint, which can make a big difference in the long run.
It’s also a good idea to keep up with the latest home financing information. If you’re thinking of buying a new home, refinancing your existing one, or funding home improvements, please call or email us – we’re always here to help…. Have a great day!
P.S. The housing market is in the early stages of recovery, as home prices inch up in many areas yetremain extremely affordable – and mortgage rates stay historically low. But if you’re thinking about buying or refinancing, it’s smart to get the financing process started early. Please call or email us to talk about the attractive options available now.
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Orson Klender, Licensed Associate Broker; Keller Williams Real Estate
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