Maintenance of a Home

Many homeowners understand that regular home maintenance is necessary for the appearance of a home, as well as serving to catch minor problems before they become major expenditures. However, what homeowners may not realize is that regular home maintenance also serves to help maintain the value of the home itself. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, a home’s value can decrease as much as 10 percent when not properly maintained, which is reason enough to focus on curb appeal.
For people fortunate enough to be financially secure, home maintenance only means a call to a gardener, handyman, painter, etc., in order to repair a problem or improve on something that has become less-than-attractive to the homeowner. For the other homeowners, regular home maintenance can mean many hours every weekend, which is one reason some people choose to throw their hands up and say forget it. Individually, each task on a homeowners to-do list isn’t really that daunting; however, when taken as a whole, can be very overwhelming for both men and women – whether they are handy or not around the house and yard.
One way to avoid a sense of a-task-too-big-to-ever-get-finished is to make a list of the things that need to be done, and then prioritize the list. For example, if fines can be incurred for overgrown grass or an abundance of visible trash, be sure to put items like these at the top of the list, above less-visible tasks such as interior painting. Also, another way to ease the burden is to assign a task to each family member, so they all feel as if they’re a part of the overall beautification process of their home as well. By having teens rake leaves while smaller children gather them not only helps with chores needing to be done, but also promotes sibling bonding by having them work together.
Perhaps the best way to maintain your home’s appearance and value is to be proactive with regular maintenance. By separating maintenance chores by what is required from each season, homeowner’s will find that their to-do list becomes smaller every few months, instead of huge once a year. The benefits of staying on top of small projects can be seen by homeowners in not only comments from neighbors, but also in the bottom line of less home expenses, which may have you taking a second look at the lawn mower.