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We love the look on our clients’ faces when they walk into the final reveal of their newly-finished custom or semi-custom homes. What makes us even more ecstatic is hearing, years after their build, that their homes are still as good as new.
Your home is an investment and your place of relaxation; take the time and steps necessary to keep it in top shape. Performing a few simple tasks regularly will help you sleep soundly at night, with the assurance that your forever home will stay in its best condition.
1. Adhere to a routine maintenance schedule.
Taking time to write out a seasonal maintenance schedule makes general upkeep much easier. Track and schedule annual work to keep your home’s interior and exterior looking bright and fresh.
2. Maintain curb appeal.
The outside of your home is a reflection of the inside. Ensure good first impressions by keeping up with lawn care, freshening up coats of paint, and caring for the outdoors the same way you would the indoors.
3. Clean your home regularly.
Perhaps the simplest way to maintain your home is to keep it clean. Dust, mop, vacuum, and organize your belongings regularly. Staying on top of simple cleaning jobs keeps dirt and debris from collecting and ruining the appearance of your home.
4. Be mindful of energy leaks.
Energy leaks can cause significant increases in utility bills. Have your systems inspected regularly to warn you of leaks.
5. Establish house rules.
If you have a family, set clear expectations regarding the treatment of your house. Your home should naturally feel comfortable and lived in, but establishing ground rules (such as rooms in which food is allowed ) can protect your home from damage that is not only unsightly, but costly to repair.
6. Train your pets.
House-training pets is vital to the protection of floors and furniture. Take the time necessary to adequately house-train your pets, teaching them what is allowed and not allowed in your home.
7. Schedule routine HVAC checkups.
Part of your regular home maintenance schedule should include an annual check-up of the HVAC system by a licensed professional. This keeps the mechanical systems (heat and A/C) running smoothly in the home and protects you from unexpected break-down costs.
8. Have trustworthy professionals that you can call.
Plan ahead of time who you can call in the case of an emergency. Knowing reliable, home-care professionals can make all the difference when you’re in a bind. If you are new to the area, ask for references from trusted friends, or check references on Yelp, Google, or other reputable online sources.
9. Invest in repairs and improvements.
Whether you live in a custom home, a semi-custom home, or an older home, home ownership is a continual investment. Repairs and improvements will be necessary along the way; don’t be afraid to make them.
If you aren’t sure what else you should do as a part of your home’s routine maintenance plan, this checklist is a great place to start: Fall Home Checklist
Following these easy steps will go a long way in protecting your home in the long term, keeping your interior and exterior in a condition that you’ll love to show off. If you’re looking for more tips, just give us a call! We’d love to share more of our expertise with you.