How Smart People Make The Most Of Their Homes
How Smart People Make The Most Of Their Homes
Do you own the house that you’re living in? If you do, you’re extremely lucky. There are hundreds of thousands of people who would love to buy but aren’t able to. That’s why if you’re a homeowner, it’s crucial that you make sure to make the most of your home. In case you’re wondering what this means, it means to give it all the TLC that it needs.
Home maintenance is important, as not only does it ensure that your home is a nice place to live. But it also means that should you ever opt to sell; your property should have a high value. If you don’t take of it, however, there’s no guarantee that it will hold its value. If your home doesn’t hold its value, this means that you won’t be able to make a profit on it, should you opt to sell.
Want to know how smart people make the most of their homes? Keep reading, as all is about to be revealed.
Make a home maintenance list
The first step is to make a list of home maintenance tasks that need doing. Start off by walking around the interior of your home and jot down all the regular maintenance tasks that will need doing. This should include things like servicing the boiler and dealing with any chipped or damaged paintwork. Then, once you’re done inside, go outside and walk around your home’s exterior looking for any maintenance tasks. Once you’ve completed your list, the next step is to write down which tasks are annual, monthly and two weekly. So that you know what needs doing when. This is crucial as else it will be too hard to keep on top of everything.
Research anything that you’re unsure about
Once you have your list of tasks that need doing, the next step is to research any that you’re unsure about. It’s not just a case of doing them, to make the most of your house you need to know the best way to deal with each task. Else, you could end up causing damage or other problems. The internet is a great resource for working out how to do things, as there are millions of sites to use to look stuff up. For instance, say your home has siding on it, you could search ‘how to clean vinyl siding’ to see the best way to clean it. Or, if for example, you need to regularly check your roof for any damage, you could Google how to do that. Just to make sure that you knew how to check it properly. If you’re unsure about something, check how to do it. There’s no point doing a maintenance task wrong or making the issue worse, is there?
Set a schedule and stick to it
The best way to ensure that you keep on top of all maintenance, repairs, and updates, is to set yourself a schedule. Using your list, that states what needs doing when, set yourself a schedule. This should be a year long schedule that details all the maintenance tasks that need to be completed throughout the year. This is important as this will prevent you from missing anything important. Like restaining the decking in your garden, for example. If you fail to do this, the wood the deck is made from will get damp and could end up rotting. While not all maintenance tasks might seem important, they really are. So whatever you do, don’t skip anything on your list.
Budget for maintenance and repairs
Don’t forget to budget for maintenance and repairs. This is important as else you may not be able to afford them. Each month, set aside a certain amount of money to be used for maintenance, repairs and decor upgrades. If you don’t use all the money, save it for the next month or for whenever you need a little extra. Some maintenance tasks will be more expensive than others, depending on what they are and what needs to be done. If you need to hire a contractor to deal with a certain task, it will most likely be expensive. However, if you can’t do it yourself, it’s worth it. If something needs fixing, then it needs fixing. Despite the cost, you need to get it done. It’s as simple as that.
Make time to upgrade your decor
It’s not just about repairs, taking care of your home is about ensuring that you keep on top of the decor as well. As a rule of thumb, most decor needs upgrading every two to three years, depending on where in the house it is. Rooms that get more use, such as the living room and kitchen, tend to require more upgrades. This is because they get grubby more quickly than spaces that are used less frequently. As well as making time to upgrade your home, it’s also important to save for it. To ensure that when decor upgrades are required, you’re able to afford them. Like with repairs, there will be some upgrades that you can do yourself and others that you need to hire a contractor to do. So it’s worth having a budget set aside for them.
Don’t forget the appliances
Last but not least, don’t forget the appliances. When you sell your home, some of the appliances and certain features go with it. For instance, the boiler and shower tend to go with it, this is because they’re part of the house. If you want to ensure that should you opt to sell, your home goes for a good price; it’s essential that you give the appliances all the TLC that they need. This means regular servicing, if they need it. For example, to keep your boiler healthy, it needs to be serviced once a year. Then, after ten years, most boilers need replacing. Although this can be expensive, it’s a crucial update to make, both in terms of safety and property value.
So there you have it, a guide to how smart people make the most of their homes. To ensure that you home stays looking good and holds its value, regular property maintenance is essential.