Of all the investments you’ll make in your life, few are going to be bigger than your home. Just take a look at its value: is there anything else you’d spend such a huge amount of money? Unless you’re a multi, multi-millionaire, we’re going to guess: “no.” As such, it’s imperative that you stay on top of your home’s maintenance. In so doing, you’ll be ensuring that your home value does take a dive for completely avoidable reasons. Take a read of out fourteen tips below, and your home will be as valuable in the future as it is today.
Protect Your Biggest Investment With These 14 Tips
1. Stay on Top of Small Issues
By far the best way to protect your investment is to tidy up the small issues as you go along. It’s easy for small scuffs, spillages, and other incidents to happen, and if they’re left untreated, then it won’t be long before your house is becoming to look a little worse for wear - and the value has begun to slide. If the paint or wallpaper is beginning to peel, then take steps to correct it as soon as possible. It’ll be much easier to spend an hour on the weekend fixing up your home, rather than trying to fix every room in the property when it comes to selling time.
4. Around the Edge of the Home
There are threats to your home all around your property. It can be damaged by stormy weather, hail, heavy snowfall, and other strong weather conditions. These things don’t always impact your home in a direct way, either. Sometimes, the elements can cause a tree to fall over; and if it lands on your property, then you’ll have a serious problem. Each year, make sure you’re taking a walk around your property and identify any menacing looking tree branches that might pose a problem. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for - or you don’t feel comfortable removing a branch yourself - then hire a tree surgeon to do the work for you.
6. Seasonal Maintenance
You should be carrying out more thorough checks on your property at least twice a year. Once before fall arrives, and once before spring. Our homes can take a battering during winter, so it’s important to check that everything is in full working order before it arrives and that everything is still in good condition once it passes. Pay particular attention to the gutters, as debris and cracks can make your home more liable for flooding.
8. No Wild Garden
The interior of your home may be stunning, but if what’s standing in front of it is, well, far from aesthetically pleasing, then the value of the home is only going to in one direction. Yes, it’s not always enjoyable to don those gardening gloves and get out into the outdoors to pull up some weeds, but it is worth it. And it’s not like you need to go overboard either. There’s no need for an exquisite English garden - just make sure that the grass is a respectable length, there are no old items clogging up the place, and so on. It’s much more enjoyable to return to a home that has a well-curated yard, too.
11. Keep Things Tidy!
We know that you’re busy, but trust us, it’s worth taking a few minutes each day and tidying up your property. If you don’t, you won’t just be creating a build up of dust and grim - you’ll have committed the worst act of all; that of letting standards drop. And once they’ve been lowered, it’s much difficult to get them back to the levels required to keep your home in tip-top condition. Spend ten minutes each day after work tidying up, and things will never get too deeply out of hand.
12. ...And Deeply Clean
As well the daily tidy, you’ll want to consider putting some time aside each month to do a more thorough clean. This involves pulling out your furniture and reaching all the dirt that lies in those nooks and crannies. Aside from just generally making your home feel cleaner, this will also provide you with an opportunity to keep an eye on any worrying signs. If you didn’t, you could have, for example, a mold problem developing behind the sofa for years without even realising it!
14. Look for new Technologies
How does a home go from “modern” to “outdated”? It’s easy - all it requires is years of inattention! Keep an eye on the latest home technologies, and, wherever possible, integrate them into your home. It’s difficult to overhaul your entire home and implement all the latest pieces of kit overnight, but by adding them as you go along, you’ll be able to prevent your home from becoming outdated. And the costs of modern technology will seem much more manageable if they’re bought periodically, rather than all in one go.
It’s not easy, owning a home. While it’s enjoyable and a place to create memories and so on, when you get the keys you’re also giving yourself a responsibility to look after the home. If you keep up with the tips above as you go along - rather than waiting for the problems to become large before acting - then you should have no great problems when it comes to selling up and moving on. In so doing, you’ll be increasing your chances of not just protecting your investment, but adding to it!
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