Have you been a little lax in maintaining your home? Just feel too busy to tackle some of the home repairs and maintenance? The new year is the perfect time to kick-start your resolution to show your home some love- and that doesn't just include major projects, but the little things too. Here are some easy things you can do to take care of your property.

1. Take off your shoes (and encourage guests to do the same). Floors are gross no matter how great they look. Pets and people track in all kinds of germs that can make us sick so start taking your shoes off in your entry or garage. If you have a large enough space, consider keeping your favorite shoes on a shoe holder in the front closet. 

2. Keep the lights on. So your parents always told you to turn the lights off when you left a room and you've been doing it for 30 years. With new lightbulb types comes new rules. CFL bulb life-span is decreased every time the light is turned on. So if you'll be back in the room in 5 minutes, it's worth it to just leave the light on. 

3. Perform mini-home inspections. It's so easy to ignore your house! At least twice a year perform a mini inspection. Check for peeling paint, cracks in the caulking, unhealthy trees, and cracked concrete outside. Inside, you should have your fireplace cleaned, check for water leaks under faucets, and that appliances are working properly. 

4. Create a maintenance fund. If your water heater breaks and you know shelling out $1000 will be a  burden, it's time to create a maintenance fund. The encouraged amount is to save about 1% of your homes purchase price each year. If you're forgetful, have the amount taken out of your checking account and moved to a special savings account once a month. When your fence blows over in a storm, you'll be thankful for the foresight. 

5. Change your HVAC filters. At the very least, you should be changing your HVAC filters every three months. Check them monthly, especially during especially hot or cold months when you use your system more often. 

6. Clean you windows. Depending on the location of the window and the amount of smearing involved (kids? dogs?) windows should be washed regularly. It makes your home feel brighter and look cleaner too. 

7. Declutter and donate. We all have that drawer, or desk, or room that's just cluttered with stuff that we don't want to throw out but that doesn't get used often. Take the time to do it now and donate the items that are still in good shape, but aren't being used. Tackle the closets, the garage or the storage shed if you're feeling adventurous.

8. Talk to a Realtor. If your house is too big, too small, or just doesn't quite fit your lifestyle anymore, it may be time to consider selling. The Reno area has seen home values grow significantly in recent years, so many homeowners find they have significant equity in their property. If you are interested in finding out what your home is worth, call us at 775-453-4568. We would be happy to create a custom home valuation for you. 

Posted by Jeff Sallan on
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