How to Maintain the Value of Your Home

You’ve bought the home of your dreams, it’s probably your biggest asset. While maintenance isn’t always a top priority, unless something goes wrong, you will want to keep your home in tip-top shape. With that in mind, here are a few things that will help you maintain the value of your home.

Roof. Keep an eye out for any loose or missing shingles and clogged gutters. An asphalt shingle roof may need replacing in as little as 15 years.

Heating system. If yours has a filter, change it annually. Or have the filter changed during an annual servicing.

Air conditioning system. If you have separate heat and air systems, again, change filters monthly, or as often as recommended by the filter manufacturer. Annual servicing will help keep your system in tip-top shape.

Attic. Check for signs of water leakage from the roof. Also look for any sign of termites or rodents. Squirrels, rats, even bats that nest in your attic can chew electrical wiring, which can cause a fire or damage insulation.

Kitchen and bathrooms. Water damage is one of a home’s worst enemies. Check for leaks under your sink and make sure all of your plumbing is sealed and in good condition. Repair grout and caulking around fixtures and
countertop tiles.

Basement. Check for cracks in the foundation and leaks. Buildings naturally settle over time, and cause cracks and leaks.

Smoke alarms. Each unit should be checked monthly and batteries replaced annually.

Maintaining the value of your home is a good idea. One more thing most homeowners have on their mind right now is how much is my home worth? I can answer that for you as well. In fact, many of my clients make getting that answer part of their annual checklist as well. Call me today for a comprehensive comparative market analysis!