You may love your home and you may not be too concerned about
the state or condition it’s in. You’re happy,
you’re family’s happy, so what’s the problem?
Sometimes, with busy households, cleaning and repairing the
home fall down fairly low on the priority list. What would
be fixed or renewed is put off due to a hectic lifestyle and
other more imminent fees and costs.
That’s fine and normal, but are you planning on staying
in your home forever? If not, you may want to think a little
bit more seriously about the upkeep of your home. You may
not mind that your kitchen tile is grimy or your appliances
are old. Those holes in your child’s wall and that peeling
paint in the guest room may not bother you, heck you’re
used to it by now. But think of all of these extra hassles
and chores that will be waiting at your feet once you want
to sell your home.
Putting a little extra time into maintaining your house will
pay off big time in the long run. If you ever decide to put
the house up for sell, you won’t have as much to do
and you can find comfort and relief in the fact that your
house will be able to sell! Having confidence in the value
of your home is important, because after all, it is probably
the biggest investment of your life.
You may say you don’t know where to start. So many
little things become bigger things right under your nose.
If you take just a couple of hours a month or a few days every
several months to manage and care for your home, you will
notice a difference and you will definitely pat yourself on
the back come time to sell the darn thing.
If you don’t have the tools or labor power to do certain
home projects, you can hire a professional. Perhaps a neighbor
or friend could help, or even your kids. Having a home warranty
will help profusely when it comes to the maintenance of appliances
and other systems in your house such as heat, water and air
Here are some ideas for things to check and maintain in the
different seasons. Some are inside and some are outside, and
it may help to divide them up in your mind. Outside in the
spring, check all weather stripping around doors and windows,
check outside the house for peeling or cracked paint, remove
and clean storm windows, check all door and window screens.
Inside, replace filters on air-conditioners, check door seals
on the refrigerator, check basement for dampness which may
invite mold if mold is not already present. Check for leaky
faucets, clean drapes and blinds, clean dehumidifiers and
the fireplace, and vacuum refrigerator coils.
In the fall, go outside and check the stripping again, along
with the paint. Check for cracks in house siding. Take down
screens and clean around windows and doors. Clean gutters
and wind pipes. Check the roof for leaks. Check the chimney,
lubricate door hinges and drain outside faucets. Inside in
the fall, check insulation, have heating system and heating
pump serviced, drain the hot water heater, clean the fireplace
and vacuum refrigerator coils.