When you purchase a home, you are making one of the most significant investments of your life. In other words, you want to maintain or increase the value at which you purchased your home. As time goes by, your home can lose its value in a number of different ways, but if you follow these steps, you will be able to protect the value of your life-changing investment.
- What is the first thing that most people see when purchasing a home? The front door and front yard. Sure, the house interior is extremely important, but the house exterior establishes the first impression. Create an appealing entrance to your home. If you're too busy to keep up with an extravagant exterior, go for a simpler design that would require less maintenance time. One tactic would be to create a graveled area, which looks clean and excludes the need for gardening.
- How good and clean do you feel after an overdue shave or a fresh haircut? Well, your house requires a similar form of maintenance. A fresh coat of paint presents a well-maintained appearance of your home. Just like shaving and getting a haircut on a regular basis, a home requires a fresh coat of paint every five years, especially the interior. Since the exterior generally requires less frequent paint jobs, you can paint the outside of the house every ten years or so. In addition, decide whether or not the primer of your house exterior requires a paint job as well.
- The majority of your house appliances, which ranges from toilets to heating systems, require replacement at certain time periods, especially for older homes or homes in which people plan to live for more than ten years. However, there is no need to upgrade your appliances. Just update them. You don't need to change a regular toilet into a solid-gold toilet with a stereo and talking capability. Just update the old toilet into a newer, but similar-level toilet. In addition, keep in mind regarding anything that will reduce your energy bills. In other words, if you're going to update your house appliances, purchase energy-efficient house appliances in order to present a more appealing, low-cost, and low-maintenance deal for your potential buyers.
- Don't procrastinate your cleaning responsibilities. It's just like washing dishes. The longer you leave dishes in the sink, the harder it is to clean them later. The longer you hold off deep cleaning, the harder it is to clean when the time comes to deep clean. Clean regularly and your home will age better over time.
- What's a wooden structure's worst enemy? Termites! Think prevention, rather than treatment. Take the steps to prevent a termite infestation in order to avoid paying higher costs for repairing the damage already done by termites. Too many homeowners wait until the termites cause a lot of damage before dealing with the problem. This will lead to more time and money wasted. Simply put, don't be like them.
- In order to reduce the chances for potential plumbing issues, regularly check for leaks from your faucets, toilets, showers, and pipes. Take it a step further and call a plumber to give a check-up on your plumbing system. Better to be safe than sorry!
- This might prove to be a sizeable investment, but replacing the roof is essential to maintaining or increasing the value of your home. The lifespan of your roof depends on the type of material used to build the roof. Certain roofs, such as asphalt shingle roofs, last only about 15 years. Metal and tile roofs can last over 50 years as long as they are properly preserved. Proper maintenance of your roof requires checking for any loose shingles and clogged gutters.
Don't let your significant investment return a deficit. Maintain your home to the best of your ability and you will reap the profits and benefits when it's time to put your house on the market!