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Simple Steps to Becoming a More Proactive Homeowner

Posted: August 26, 2014

Taking the time and energy to proactively help protect and invest in your home can maintain its value and may (eventually) raise its value if you ever plan to sell. Simple steps can also help to raise the curb appeal of your home. While some of these tips can help to directly improve your house, others raise your awareness of what makes your home appear marketable and well maintained. Here are ways to become a more proactive homeowner:

DIY Maintenance

Cleaning the gutters, routinely inspecting plumbing & water quality, and replacing/cleaning appliances that are affected by wear-and-tear don’t always feel necessary, but they can help ensure your home preserves its value. That and it will help prevent costly repairs in the future. For example, if you fail to clean the gutters of leaves and debris one season, the next season you might end up having to replace the gutter system entirely.

Timely Renovations

Whether it’s tearing down a wall to make two rooms one, or redoing the floor in the kitchen, you likely have renovations you’d like to do at one point or another. These aren’t necessarily die-hard improvements, but by starting these projects now, you can gradually increase the value of your home and can always better your home.

“Victory Gardens”

During WWII, families began to build what they called “victory gardens”. Victory gardens were normal backyard vegetable gardens that were cultivated to convey a sense of self-sustainability with less reliance on commercial goods. While you don’t need to grow a victory garden now, you should think about a regular garden to encourage similar thinking. Why buy vegetables at the store when you can grow your own? Why have someone do something for you when you can do it for yourself?

Termite/Mosquito Protection

Termites can be detrimental to the quality of your home while compromising wood structuring and causing cleaning problems. A termite infestation won’t always be immediately apparent, but by hiring professionals or inspecting your attic and other crawlspaces, you can find termite infestations before they have a chance to cause severe damage. Mosquitoes will likely be an annual problem that needs to be remedied, but you can get the practice in each year so that, you’ll know exactly what steps to take to help remedy a pest problem should you choose to sell your home. Speaking of pest control, you can have the area fogged to help prevent especially large hatches, but you can also work to eradicate any stagnant pools of water, or puddles, where mosquitoes are likely to begin their life cycle. That brings us to drainage…

Drainage & Yard Maintenance

Irrigation is something not every homeowner thinks about; but investing in good drainage can both reduce the likelihood of mosquitoes and can lead to a healthier yard. There are several techniques you can do yourself to improve drainage, such as digging trenches, lining the trench with sand, and filling it back up with dirt. This provides a natural route for water to leave the area. Mowing the yard, raking leaves, pulling weeds and keeping up with the landscaping are all good ideas to make your home look appealing temporarily; but they can also help ensure a good-looking yard in years to come. By raking the leaves each fall, you can help your grass stay healthier. By mowing your grass at medium length rather than short, the clippings act as a fertilizer and don’t cover the still-growing grass. Investing in your home may not seem like it’s that big of a deal at the moment, but weathering and erosion can happen at any time; and it’s a lot better for you to be prepared. After all, it costs more to do damage control than it would be to help prevent the damage in the first place.