Bob Kutschbach, owner and broker of Carleton Realty, talks about routine maintenance that adds value to your home.
We often get asked about what routine maintenance can protect and bring value in the future. The things that add the most value extend the useful life of the home.
- Changing the furnace filters regularly extends the life of the furnace.
- Flush the sediment from the water heater.
- Clean the gutters. Allowing water to flow over can damage siding, back up into the soffit, and cause water to sit around the foundation.
- Trim shrubs and other landscaping.
- Caulk cracks in brick, stucco, and concrete.
- Check the sump pump to make sure that it is in working order. Install a battery back-up to ensure that your basement won’t flood if you lose electricity in a storm.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check air conditioner coils for leaves and debris to keep them from freezing up.
- Check window seals.
- Clean the chimney. This one is a safety issue.
- Seal decking and concrete to protect from salt and weather.
- Power wash siding to prevent the spread of leaf mold.
- Mulching the garden beds makes the home look inviting and well-kept.
These routine maintenance items not only protect the home from damage but also make it more desirable and saleable when the time comes to sell.
If you have questions about home maintenance, call one of our agents!