4 Important Areas to Help Protect the Value of Your Home

12161928_sI get lots of real estate related questions throughout the course of my week and I thought I’d post them every now and then just in case its something you are thinking about too.

Here’s a good one on how to protect the investment you’ve made in your home

Q:  What areas of my home should I focus on to protect my investment and maximize it’s value?

A:  A house is the biggest investment most home-owners make in a life-time so its wise to want to protect that investment.  One of the best ways to maximize your home’s value is with regular maintenance.

While lots of homeowners keep the inside of their home spotless, they are often not aware of what needs to be to the exterior or structural areas of the home.

Here’s a quick checklist of items you should inspect and maintain.  Every six months is a good schedule.

1.  Your Roof.  Climb up there and look for damage.  Flat roofs frequently show soft spots and areas where there may be pooling – signs of potential leaks.  Pitched roofs should be inspected for roof tiles, shingles and seams.  If you see a crack or problem have it fixed immediately.

2.  Your Mechanical System. Mechanical systems include your heating and air conditioning or evaporative cooling systems.  Furnaces should be checked for deadly cracks and leaks and cooling systems should have filters changed and checked for efficiency.  These small inspections will save you money and quite possibly your life.

3.  Exterior Paint and Fascia.  Wood exterior needs frequent inspection and maintenance.  Small lapses can be costly.  Inspect the exterior of your home for signs of wear and stay on top of maintenance.  Deferred maintenance can cost hundreds, if not thousand more in the long run.

4.  Safety Systems.  Check your smoke detectors if they are wired into your home replace the batteries every six months.  After all, the time you need the most is not the time to learn they failed because of something so simple as batteries.  Also, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector in or near every bedroom.  If could save your life if there is a gas or heater leak.

 

 

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