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Home Maintenance

Keep Repair Costs Down

Neglecting major house maintenance not only affects your enjoyment of your home, it affects the overall value if and when you put your house on the market for sale.  Here are eight common household problems you should be sure to clear up as soon as you notice them so that you are able to keep home repair costs down.  Next to each problem is the damage that can occur if the problem is not corrected early.

  • Faulty Roof Flashing – Roof leaks and possible structural and cosmetic damage.
  • Malfunctioning Gutters – Water damage inside house.
  • Poor Foundation Grading – Dampness or water inside the house.
  • Poor Tub/Shower Caulking and Grouting – A water leak can spread virtually anywhere, but mainly to the rooms below the fixture.
  • Damaged Bathroom Tile – Loose fixtures and/or water leakage to the floor below.
  • Not Enough Electrical Outlets – Overloading of existing outlets and a potential fire hazard.
  • Poor Attic Ventilation – Roof sheathing rot from excess moisture.
  • Poor Mechanical Systems Upkeep – Systems will not work efficiently or live up to their expected life spans (particularly true for heating and cooling systems).  Case in point:  Neglecting annual gas furnace inspections could create soot buildup in the flue and result in a chimney fire.

Please call or email me if you would like to dialogue about this further.  Have a great day!

Don’t Count On Buyers To Overlook “Minor” Imperfections

Minor Damage to a houseWith the spring selling season almost upon us, I thought I would throw out a quick tip for those of you that are looking to sell your home this year.

Like most homeowners, you’ve probably stayed on top of major repairs and maintenance, making sure that your house is painted regularly, that your furnace is running efficiently, and that your roof isn’t leaking.  It’s those minor tasks that seem to get neglected for months on end – that leaky bathroom faucet, that broken doorbell, that torn window screen in the bedroom.

All those tiny little flaws in your otherwise beautifully maintained home will add up to “owner neglect” to the observant buyer.  If you want to sell your home quickly and for a good price, all signs of owner neglect must be eliminated.

Take a pad and paper and a pencil and launch an immediate, super-critical tour of your home, inside and out.  Note all offenders such as loose doorknobs, cracked windowpanes, peeling paint, rusting gutters, etc.  Don’t count on buyers to overlook these seemingly minor imperfections.  It’s annoying little flaws like these that keep your home from showing its best and often add up to a no-sale for you and your family.  Get to a hardware store and make those minor repairs!!

I hope that you have a great day!  Feel free to post your comments below.