Tuesday, April 01 2008
We often forget that a home is in need of preventive maintenance just as a car. This weekend, my son Luciano and I went into our attic to see if there are any leaks or damages due to the winter weather and all the rain we had the past few weeks. The attic inspection did not reveal any concerns. We then inspected our crawl space. With all the rain and moisture we had, the vapor barrier was damp and wet in some places. A call to my favorite home inspector revealed that we do not need to worry about the moisture at this time, but we need to go back and check the crawl space once we have a dry period.
With this in mind, I would like to help our readers with this short article on home maintenance. Even the smallest amount of maintenance will have a positive effect on the well being of your home. Please call me if you need a handy man to help you in any of the work you would like to get done.
How to Gear up for the Spring Selling Season - Home Maintenance Checklist
RISMEDIA, March 29, 2008 -- The first day of spring is March 20th and as most homeowners keep to the age-old Spring tradition of deep cleaning, this ritual is even more important as homeowners gear up for the Spring selling season. According to a recent poll, nearly 80% of Angie’s List members said they keep up with routine maintenance, either doing it themselves or by hiring help. The vast majority of these homeowners say their diligence helps them save money and avoid more costly repairs down the road.
“In today’s market, it’s imperative to have your home in the best shape and condition possible in order to get it sold and attract buyers,” says Cecilia Sherrard, a buyer, seller and relocation specialist for Realty One Real Living. “Starting from the curb, make sure your home is one you’d want to see inside.”
“Making a list of items to check around the home this season - and then actually following through with the tasks - can help reduce home maintenance and utility costs,” says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.
The 20% who don’t keep up say they just don’t know what to check and when, they forget about doing it or they just don’t have time for it. Angie’s List, a provider of ratings and reviews of local service companies, went to the experts to develop a list to help the veteran maintainers, as well as those still in the dark, keep up with the house this season.
The first step to spring cleaning is making a list of which areas of your home need to be freshened up.
Snow, ice and wind can wreak havoc on your home, so be sure to go over the structures in early spring. Finding damage early will increase your chances of getting an early repair, as many home improvement companies begin their busy seasons this time of year.
By preparing for outdoor projects early, homeowners can get a jump on things like landscaping - but don’t forget about your driveway! Water that seeps into your driveway can freeze, causing cracks and other damage.
Regular maintenance on major home appliances can help to ensure their efficiency and lifespan.
You may have already received your tax return. A recent poll found that 25% of Angie’s List members plan on using their tax checks to invest in home repairs. Some investments will have a better return than others, so choose your projects wisely.
“Clean out closets and cabinets providing as much empty space as possible,” says Sherrard. When preparing to sell, “Pack away all personal items including photos. The emptier your home, the larger it appears. Buy a new bed in a bag for your bedrooms. Dust everything including the basement.” What’s more, says Sherrard, buyers look at mechanicals and corners.
“Freshen the home by airing it out thoroughly and sanitizing baseboards, woodwork, floors and lighting fixtures,” she says.
“A clean home is desired as it reflects the owner’s level of activity when it comes to maintenance and keeping up with the property,” says Sherrard. A lot of these tips are cheap and some even free. When done properly, Sherrard reminds that “your home should now give you the feeling of checking into a hotel; decorated, yet depersonalized and clean!”
According to the website, 1,334 of Angie’s List members participated with the poll. Responses are representative of Angie’s List members, but not the general public. For more information, visit https://www.angieslist.com and http://www.youshouldown.com.