A new house can be such a thrill! You could be buying a home that’s been around for years. Maybe instead, you’re building a new one from scratch to put your personal touch on it. Either way, your first home is one of the most significant financial decisions a person can make in their entire lifetime. Congratulations on overcoming that first hurdle, the crucial first step after you sign that check is to make sure you take care of that home. From watching out for an aging roof to ensure your clothes dryer isn’t a hazard, there are endless reasons to keep up with your home maintenance, here are a few of them.
Well cared for homes sell faster.
The house may be new to you, but eventually, you may want to move on in life and sell it. The market is always competitive. Still, you can give yourself a comfortable advantage by keeping up with taking care of your house. It’s not surprising to know that people are more likely to buy a home that’s well maintained before they get to it. Although some may enjoy a project, and some DIY work to bring it up to their needs, most people want to be able to just move in and start their new life in their new home. Your home’s curb appeal can skyrocket from changes like replacing windows, doors, and cleaning and painting the outside of your home. Maintenance inside the house also helps with potential future buyers. Maintaining your house now means that you won’t have to pay for expensive repairs to dress it up later.
Homeowner associations can be a beautiful thing; they ensure your property value stays up, help keep an eye on changes in the neighborhood, and protect you as a homeowner. Some people may have a problem with sticking to guidelines on their own homes, but in the end, it benefits you. By keeping up with your maintenance, on windows, roofs, painting, taking care of your yard, and more- you keep yourself from being fined or penalized. Even if your neighborhood doesn’t have an HOA, by working to keep your house well maintained, you will grow a better relationship with your neighbors. A good looking and well-maintained home next door will up their property value as well, so they’ll notice.
Small maintenance now saves money later.
Putting the time and work into it now can save you from having to drop large amounts of money on things later. Repainting your home can help block you from a mass of termites. Having a fireplace checked every season would lower the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Even just ensuring your clothes dryer runs well can help stop a house fire. Home protection plans that take care of maintenance or issues with your appliances can aid you in making sure you can get a few more years out of that fridge or oven. Checking in on your plumbing now will help you avoid a flooded basement, and all the expenses that follow it, later. It all comes down to small things that add up to the big picture of you saving money.
Safety and comfort.
As previously mentioned, poor maintenance can lead to house fires or termites. If you don’t upkeep your home correctly, you might be putting yourself and those you live with at risk. Cleaning your gutters, a job most look at with frustration can keep your roof from caving in from snow and ice build-up in the winter. It’s just a simple task, an afternoon of work- or one that you can outsource to many companies. However, this simple task will ensure that you can keep your house safe and comfortable, and your roof in excellent condition for years to come.
Home maintenance isn’t always fun or glamorous; it’s not what you want to think about when you’re excited to live in your new home- but it is essential. Keep in mind that this home is somewhere that you will live for years, somewhere that families after yours will also call home. By maintaining your home, even in small ways, you’re ensuring that it will last and be comfortable for as long as possible. Working to upkeep your home saves you money in the long run and keeps the appearance of it up so that if you ever sell, you can be sure to get top dollar for your investment. It’s the smart thing to do, even if it’s not the most fun.