Homeowners all over the world, from Overland Park to Patagonia, look to keep and even increase the value of their real estate investments. After all, for many people, buying a house is the most significant investment they will ever make. Proper home maintenance is one way to ensure your Overland Park real estate investment keeps its value. With that in mind, here are 4 home maintenance areas that homeowners should take into consideration when thinking about preserving their home’s value.
This is one of the most expensive to replace and most important areas of your home. That is why it is important to keep ongoing maintenance routines, so you can extend the life of your roof and minimize the number of pieces that need to be replaced. If you don’t feel comfortable inspecting the roof yourself, you should hire a reputable professional to do the job. If you have no problem with climbing up a ladder, here are a few signs you need to look out for.
If you spot curled and separating shingles, or see that the amount of grit and gravel that builds up in the eaves and gutters or your roof is more of ¼ inch, it is a sign that you may need a new roof. Be on the lookout for waves or dips, they indicate there might be some rot; if caught early enough, it can be eliminated by adding more vents. You should also inspect the chimney and check that the cap is properly fastened.
The plumbing system
Taking a few precautionary measures will help ensure your plumbing system is always running properly. You should test all taps periodically, and change them when they begin to drip, or at least replace the gaskets. Keep an eye on your main shut-off as well, in case you ever need to use it to prevent flooding from a broken pipe.
Another handy tip is to fill all your floor drains with water once every year, this is to prevent gases from going into the plumbing and to your home. In areas where there are four seasons in a year, you should take into consideration insulating the pipes that are exposed, especially if they go through unheated spaces. This is to prevent the pipes from suffering temperature changes which could lead to sweating. Condensation can erode pipes and decrease their lifespan.
Changes in temperature and the seasons can take their toll on the outside structure of your house. Power wash your house’s facade once a year, unless you have a brick house. This type of material should be cleaned by a professional and it is not necessary to do it often. Cleaning the entire area will let you see what needs repairing and/or replacing. Check the weather-stripping around doors and windows and replace any you find faulty. This not only helps keep your property’s facade, but it also increases energy efficiency.
The Rain Gutter System
This part of your home keeps rainfall from getting into inappropriate places and damaging walls and foundations. To keep them in top shape, you should have your rain gutter system professionally cleaned regularly. This will remove the debris which can cause clogging and will also allow you to detect any leaks or broken parts so you can have them replaced promptly.
These are just some of the areas you need to regularly inspect and maintain to keep your home in top shape. It is also necessary to conduct regular maintenance on the electrical system, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, landscaping, and sewage systems. You can expect to spend between 3 and 5% of the house’s cost in yearly maintenance and repairs.
If you’re ready to look at homes for sale, contact a professional exclusive buyer’s agent like T.J. Lamb Real Estate to see how we can help you find your ideal Overland Park real estate investment. T.J. Lamb Real Estate – (816) 224-4393.