Being a realtor I attend so many inspections. My favorite phrase to hear is “this house is in great condition, it has really been cared for”! I love when my buyers get to buy a house that has been cared for by its present owners, it gives my buyers peace of mind and makes things easier for the sellers.
If you own a home there is a chance you are going to sell that house one day. Even if you don’t you are going to live in it for a long time, it makes sense to protect your investment and take care of it.
I understand, you get busy, life gets in the way, one day blurs into another and those items that need to be taken care of get put on the back burner. However, it is much easier to take care of things year to year then to have to rush around when its time to put your house on the market.
Home Maintenance – Things to Take Care Of
Here are some good things to keep your eye on as they years go by. These things come up over and over gain on inspection reports and leave buyers thinking that the house hasn’t been taken care of. This makes people nervous when they are in the process of buying a house.
- Siding – Fill in gaps to protect the structure of your home from moisture. Keep your siding neat, clean and painted. Replace any pieces of siding that is cracked or damaged.
- Gutters – Be sure to clean them out a couple of times a year. This will protect your gutters and roof from ice dams in the winter months. It will also lessen the chance of your gutters rusting and corroding. Be sure that your gutters and downspouts extend away from your home. This is important to keep your foundation in good condition!
- Roof – We have all experienced one of those Colorado mega hail storms. Be sure to keep an eye on your roof. Make sure there are no shingles missing or cracked. Watch for granule build up coming out of your downspouts or on the side of your homes, this means deterioration.
- Electrical Items – Sometimes outlets top working, be sure to get them checked and working again. Items that constantly trip the circuit are another thing to get checked out. Also get outlets by water checked out to make sure they are GFCI outlets.
- Heating and Cooling – Switch out your filters every 2-3 months, more if you have pets or you live near a dusty work site. If your home is a new build you may want to switch these out once a month until the building in your neighborhood has stopped. You also want to get your system serviced at least once a year, be sure to keep the service notes too. They are good to show a potential buyer.
- Bathroom – Be sure to check grout around tile and bath surrounds. Holes and gaps can let moisture in which can cause mold to start growing in areas you may never seen. Replacing the grout when you see it wearing away is a must do. Also keep mold at bay on your bathroom ceiling and be sure to make sure your toilet is secured. We see a lot of loose toilets come up in inspections.
- Kitchen – Once again keep grout clean and in good condition around tile and countertops! Be sure to keep your oven clean too.
This is not an ending list, there will be other things in your home that you will likely need to maintain over the years but this list is a good place to start in maintaining your home and keeping it in good condition.