When it comes to keeping a home’s value, one of the best things you can do is regular maintenance. Not only does continual maintenance help keep your home in top working order, it is also a lot cheaper than paying for the fallout of something big happening, like a burst pipe or a broken down appliance. The following are some regular maintenance things you should do to keep your home in tip-top shape and help it retain its value.
1. The Plumbing
A regular pipe inspection, recommended by plumbing professionals every two to three years, is absolutely essential for keeping your home’s water where it needs to be. Burst pipes are one of the most common and most expensive things that can happen to a home, especially in Edmonton’s notoriously cold weather. But a regular plumbing inspection can help you spot problems before they become much bigger issues. It will also help you keep the costs of plumbing fixes at reasonable rates.
2. The Basement
Similar to plumbing, basement leaks are extremely expensive and more expensive the longer you leave them. Besides flooding, leaky basements can increase your heating and cooling costs, help pests invade your home, and lead to mold and water damage. Be sure to have your home inspected for basement leaks and make sure your basement windows and doors are helping keep your basement dry. If not, the costs can sneak up on you quite quickly.
3. Doors, Windows, and the Home Interior
On the subject of doors and windows, it can pay to save up and get your windows and doors replaced with the latest in energy efficient products. Efficient windows will help you save on regular utility bills, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. But recent windows and doors are a big selling point for homes on the market, so they can help you move your home faster in the long run. Besides the doors and windows, be sure to you replace old caulking, clean out the chimney, and check your smoke detectors every year.
4. The Exterior
From downspouts to the garden, there are plenty of things to consider about your home’s exterior when it comes to regular maintenance. Keep your home’s plants well-trimmed and maintained to keep your annual gardening chores much easier. It also pays to have your gutters cleaned, either by yourself or a professional, annually. Be sure to make any roof repairs as they’re needed, and start a fund to have your roof redone if it’s close to needing replaced.
Just like your plumbing, it’s vitally important to make sure your home’s electrical system is safe, operating efficiently, and is safe to use. A professional inspection is ideal, especially after you’ve done any renovations. Frayed cords and faulty wires can happen at anytime, which can lead to fires, so be sure everything is always above code when dealing with electric.
With the right regular maintenance, you can keep your home working more efficiently while making it more competitive on the market. A good homeowner will treat their home with respect and it shows when prospective buyers come looking for a new home, both in the price you’ll get and the people you’ll attract.