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Maintenance is the Foundation of Happy Home Ownership

May 26th, 2015

Houses need constant attention, there is no doubt about it. When and how should homeowners go about planning for routine maintenance plus possibly performing desired renovations and updating. First comes the maintenance and then you can enjoy updating knowing you have a solid foundation. 

Routine annual maintenance checks and/or projects should include the following:

1. Termite inspections and treatment

2. Crawl space visits by homeowner to make sure the crawl space looks dry and the foundation sound

3. Siding and trim inspections and replacement of any rotting sections 

4. Roof cleaning and gutter debris removal

5. Powerwashing 

6. Repainting every 5-7 years

7. Finding and fixing any interior leaks

8. Pruning plants and trees away from the home and roof 

9. Checking porches and decks for safety 

Once the maintenance has been done, how about having some FUN?  You will enjoy your home more when you can update it to your preferences with basics such as paint, flooring and fixtures. And if you have room in the budget, you can consider renovations such as bathroom and kitchen redos, door & window replacement, or porch and deck additions. 

Financing improvements to your home is easier now that prices are headed up. Talk to your bank about a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a construction loan based on current equity plus the expected appreciation in market value of the home after renovations. Hire a contractor or go all out and enlist an architect for some spectacular design work.  

Then sit back and relax, for a few minutes at least….