Everybody needs some tender loving and care, even your house.
Your home is something you need to take care of forever, or until you’ve sold it to someone else. This is because if you’ve lived in your house for years, you can expect it to have some minor problems. Even if you bought a brand new house, it doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter any plumbing, electrical and even structural issues along the way. Especially if you don’t follow proper maintenance, you should expect to have a lot of problems in the future. And who would want to live in a dingy house with internal issues?
Take a car, for example. Regular washing, some occasional waxing,and a routine check-up and maintenance are necessary to keep it working and looking its best. This is why you always see owners out in their front yard, cleaning their cars or in car clinics having their ‘babies’ checked.
The same thing goes for your house. It needs to be taken care of to ensure that it still looks as good and still works as well as when you first lived in it.
Years of living in your property may have depreciated its value. Hence, it’s good to get some work done for property preservation. Especially if you’re considering selling your house in the future, it’s important to ensure that a good property repair is immediately done when needed. Regular maintenance helps keep your property in top shape and maintain a great value.
Here are the things you need to keep in mind when it comes to property preservation.
Property Preservation: The First Few Years
There are monthly, quarterly and yearly check-ups and maintenance drills you need to do for your house. These involves minute tasks like changing HVAC filters, cleaning kitchen sink disposals, and cleaning range hood filters. Big projects like doing a deep clean, cleaning gutters, and repairing window screens are also part of these.
Fixes to your home’s exterior are also needed. These include replacing or repairing broken light fixtures, trimming trees, clearing dead shrubs and plants, and repairing decks and patios. If the paint on your exterior walls is getting flaky, you might also want to do a repaint.
Keep a property preservation checklist and make sure you don’t miss anything on it. This will keep your house well maintained from the inside and looking good on the outside.
Property Preservation: The Next Years
Upgrade – this is going to be a big part of your property preservation after ten or maybe even five years of your house’s life. This is important to first, catch up with the technological and design upgrades that may have come up that could make your residential life easier and more comfortable.
Second, this is also essential in maintaining the value of your home. You need to replace outdated appliances and old house essentials, like cabinets and countertops as these can significantly eat at your house’s value. So make sure that you do an upgrade when it’s time for one.
Since the kitchen and the bathroom take up a big chunk of your home’s worth, you should concentrate the upgrades on these two spaces and do a property remodeling with these two rooms. For your kitchen, even a small-scale remodel can do wonders to property preservation. Get new appliances, have a stone countertop installed, and replace fixtures. For your bathroom, modernize it. Install new fixtures like a glass or tiled shower stall. You can also add new vinyl flooring and update the lighting.
Like anything you own, if you leave your house unattended and uncared for it will just devalue as it accrues functional and aesthetic problems. Just as how a plant will wilt if you don’t tend to it and water it, your house will lose its value over time if you fail to take care of it.
Make sure you take care of your home so you will have a great house to live in for years and a great asset to sell in the future.
For professional assistance in property preservation and restoration, contact U.S. Legacy Co at 866.573.9517. We’ll help you maintain the look and ultimately the value of your home for your family or a future owner’s. Call us today.