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Simple Tips To Help Maintain The Value Of Your Home
As a real estate professional, giving homeowners the tools they need to ensure the care and safekeeping of their property is a top priority. That’s why I’ve put together a checklist to help you maintain the highest possible value for your home.
If your house is wood, inspect the paint each year and look to see if the primer is showing. Once that wears off you can damage the wood. A good rule of thumb is to repaint every 5-10 years. Doors, window trim and shutters may need a fresh coat more often. Brick houses should be inspected for damaged bricks or masonry. Check stucco houses and repair any cracks large enough to slide a nickel into.
Watch for loose shingles and clogged gutters. Asphalt shingled roofs can need replacing in as little as 15 years, wood shingles last 30-50, 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 life span of your roof.
If yours has a filter, change it annually.
Air Conditioning System
Change all filters monthly or as recommended by the filter manufacturer.
Asphalt & Concrete Driveways
Repair any cracks or buckling.
Check for cracks in the foundation and leaks. Buildings naturally settle over time, and cause cracks and leaks.
Refinish every 5-10 years to prevent permanent damage to the wood.
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.
Same here – watch for leaks and regularly check the grout on bathtubs, showers and tiles. Check around the base of the toilet for leaks as well. You’ll want to replace the inner workings of your toilet every few years as well to eliminate the possibility of it “running”, costing you on your monthly water bill.
Smoke Alarms & CO2 Monitors
Units should be tested every few months and batteries changed annually.
These are just a few great tips for keeping your home in tip-top shape.
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Redmond, Oregon 97756
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As a real estate professional, giving homeowners the tools they need to ensure the care and safekeeping of their property is a top priority. That’s why I’ve put together a checklist to help