Tips to main­tain your home’s value

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

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