Tips to maintain your home’s value
AN ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, and this holds especially true these days when it comes to maintenance for homeowners. Like car, our house also needs regular maintenance, as it depreciates due to changing weather conditions and age. Frequent inspection and repair however can help increase the life-span of your home by 5-6 years, plus it keeps the overall expenditure low.
Here are few basic tips and advices to maintain your house:
“By keeping up with maintenance on a regular basis, for example, homeowners will be able to spot and remedy minor problems before they multiply and become major headaches requiring budget-breaking fixes,” says Jan Davel, MD of the Realnet estate agency group.
“It also means they will be able to spend their next summer holiday relaxing and entertaining with family and friends, instead of catching up on a year’s worth of home maintenance chores, as many people have recently been doing.”
Noting that “deferred maintenance” is one of the biggest reasons that homes don’t reach their asking price, or don’t sell at all, he says that sticking to a proper maintenance and improvement plan will also ensure that the property always looks its best and is ready for sale should the owner need to sell quickly.
Davel says some expert suggestions for drawing up an annual home maintenance planner include the following: Alternate major jobs such as repainting so that the interior is done one year, the exterior is painted the following year, and windows, doors and frames are painted as a separate project. Check the roof regularly for damaged waterproofing and any leaks. A leak quickly mended could save you from having to repair ceilings and repaint walls. Watch for loose or missing shingles and clogged gutters. Asphalt shingled roofs can need replacing in as little as 15 years, wood shingles can last 3050, metal 50+ and tile can sometimes last as long as the house does. A trusted roofer can inspect your home and give you an estimated lifespan for your roof. Regularly check the plumbing and irrigation systems for blockages and leaks. Small faults can often be repaired by the homeowner, but a major overhaul will probably need an expensive expert. If yours has a filter, change
it monthly or as recommended by the filter manufacturer. To keep your heating and cooling system at peak performance you should have a contractor perform annual maintenance service and check-up. Remove garden refuse and any rubble regularly in small loads to avoid having to call in a waste removal service to take away a mountain of junk. Clean fitted carpets regularly to ensure they always look their best.
Clean the pool daily to avoid an expensive draining, resurfacing and refilling. 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. 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. And, finally, Davel says, it’s a good idea to keep a maintenance ‘logbook’ from the time you move into your home, including details such as paint colours and codes, any guarantees, and the names of preferred suppliers and service providers for appliances, tools and equipment such as pool and borehole pumps, gate motors and electric fencing.
“This will ensure that no essential tasks are missed, and could also be a great selling point as it will reassure potential buyers that the property has been carefully looked after.” — Property24
Like a car, our house also needs regular maintenance, as it depreciates due to changing weather conditions and age.