Becoming a Home Maintenance Pro: Tips for
Many homeowners don't think about home
maintenance until something breaks, but
that's not the best way to take care of your
home. Whether youíre a new homeowner or have
been settled for years, itís never too late
to cultivate some home maintenance habits.
Here are three tips to help you protect your
investment and keep your property in good
shape for years to come:
Create and Follow a Home Maintenance
A good place to start is by following a home
maintenance schedule. Just as your car needs
to have an oil change, your home and yard
will need some regular maintenance. Home
maintenance schedule apps such as HomeZada
and Centriq are an easy way to get yourself
You'll need to mow your lawn, clean your
gutters and perhaps even top your trees from
time to time. For pest control, you may need
to spray or have ground treatment performed
a few times a year, too. When it comes to
appliances, make sure to send in any
warranties and follow the maintenance
recommendations in your ownerís manual. For
older appliances, many documents can be
Don't be afraid to do some research and
speak with professionals about maintenance
specific to your location.
Have All of Your Home Systems Checked
It's important to get your electrical,
plumbing and HVAC systems checked annually
to keep them in good shape. Some of these
tasks can be done yourself; for instance,
you might need to clean your air filters,
remove debris from the vents and flush out
your water heater.
For more technical inspections, check
customer reviews on Yelp, Angie's List,
Google, Facebook and the BBB when searching
for a new company. Always go with one that
is experienced, licensed, bonded and
Follow a Cleaning Schedule
Home maintenance often focuses on repair
work, but keeping your home clean can be
just as important. In addition to once a
week tasks such as vacuuming and dusting the
shelves, deep cleaning every month or so can
save you big in the long run. Moving
furniture around, pulling out the washer and
dryer to clean behind them and clearing out
the garage gives you a chance to inspect for
pest problems, water damage and similar
issues that can quickly escalate into
Being a homeowner is very rewarding on many
levels, but homeownership comes with a great
deal of responsibility. As long as you put
in some effort on a regular basis, you
should have no problem keeping your home in
Are you doing the little things homebuyers
March 14 2019
Thereís never been a better time to
sell a home! We are selling homes faster than
at this same time last year. Think about it,
but don't think about it too long or you just might
Millennials are ready for
homeownership and renters are seeing consistent rent
increases. This means more buyers than ever are on
the market for a home like yours.
Home equity is also at all-time
highs, which makes now the perfect time to sell and
get more cash to put toward your next home.
Considering listing your home? Letís
start with the proven ways to maximize your
1. Clear the clutter.
Crammed closets and overfilled garages can give
buyers the impression your property is short on
space. Declutter aggressively to accentuate the
storage possibilities buyers get excited about.
Pro Tip: Buyers love to open cabinets
and drawers. Clear those spaces, too.
2. Maximize the possibilities.
A potential home should be a blank slate -- a space
buyers can imagine making their own. Keep personal
items to a minimum and aim for a neutral look.
Set the dinner table so buyers can visualize coming
home after a long day.
3. Brighten it up.
Expose as much natural light as possible. For darker
or interior rooms, use high-wattage bulbs in light
Pro Tip: A fresh coat of light paint
makes a home feel cheerful and shows pride of
4. Rearrange the furniture.
Can people move around without bumping into
furniture? Does the layout invite guests to sit down
Pro Tip: To invite conversation,
donít make a TV the focal point of any room.
5. Outside views matter.
Exteriors make a critical first impression. Ace
yours by repainting your entry door and polishing
the door handle. Potted plants on patios or
balconies also make the outside of your home feel
Pro Tip: Colorful flowers on window
sills look great indoors and add to the outside
Do you need help staging your home? Or maybe you
have budget concerns about upgrades needed before
you list. Reach out today.
Letís make sure we maximize the appeal of your home,
simply and cost-effectively.