Routine maintenance is just part of protecting the investment that is your home. It can be hard to know exactly what to do and when – often leaving things to go unfixed until they are broken.These tips can help you not only prevent costly repairs before they become a problem but can also help you run your home more efficiently; save you money on your monthly bills.
Inspect the exterior of your home annually:
Check the foundation for signs of cracks.
Check the weather stripping around doors and windows.
Check for holes in the siding.
Check for water in the crawlspace and attic.
Check paint for peeling,fading, or blistering.
Drain and shut off outside faucets.
Blow out sprinkler lines.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Clean leaves and mulch from under eaves – also especially from around foundation walls.
Have your chimney cleaned.
Other good ideas:
Drain a galloon from your hot water heater twice a year to extend it’s life.
Check faucets for drips as well as other plumbing at least once a month.
Check your dryer vent and stove hood monthly and clean as needed.
Inspect and repair any tile grout every six month.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year.
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Home buyers can be quick to judge, and your first impression may very well be your only impression – so curb appeal is a very important factor in getting your home sold. It’s pretty standard policy for real estate agents to suggest homeowners keep up on the yard work, trimming the trees, and making the home look as presentable as possible, there are still some smaller details that might not make the list.
We’ve talked with some home staging experts to get their take on what makes for an appealing home and have put these tips together to help you get your home looking it’s best for buyers.
Start at the Front door
Your front door is often the focal point of drive-by buyers. Replacing an old out of style door with a new one can be fairly cost effective; has been rated among the biggest bangs for your buck when it comes to quick fixes for home appeal. Sometimes your existing door just needs a fresh coat of paint, but don’t go crazy – a wild color choice could sabotage the whole effect. Look into possibly just changing the fixtures also as updated hardware can really turn a door from blab to fab.
Yes You SHOULD Do Windows
Washing the windows of your home inside and out is a good start. Seeing your home every day can kind of make these small detail blend into the background but as the eyes are windows to the soul, so windows themselves are to the spirit of your home. New shutters or window planters might also be a nice option depending on your style of home.
Kick the Dogs Off the Front Porch
Don’t be quick to discount this part of your home as just the place between the curb and the door. With new home trends available outdoor living spaces are all the rage; it’s important to make these spaces as inviting as the rest of your home because they can be real extra selling points.
Rock the Garage
Often this will be the biggest part of the front of your house, so make sure it looks it’s best. Replace or repair a door that is damaged in any way, or give it a fresh coat of paint. This is another place that value outweighs cost when it comes to improving your home. Have any oil stains or other damage to the garage floor also repaired. If your walls are unfinished sheet rock go ahead and give them a paint as well.
Don’t be afraid of the dark
Curb appeal isn’t just for daytime. As a lot of home buyers work regular day jobs it’s frequent that you will get interested parties doing a quick drive past in the evening time. Adding path lighting or exterior lights to showcase the front of your home can be fairly inexpensive and really make a big difference at night. Leave more interior lights on than you normally might, especially towards the front of the home as it will give a nice warm glow from the exterior.
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There are a number of great homes for sale in the Treasure Valley these days! A lot of agents and news sources will tell you that the inventory is going down – which it is, there are fewer homes on the market right now – and that prices are going up (also true!), but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still some really amazing deals on the market!
Home mortgage rates are at historic lows; that makes this an exceptional time to buy real estate in Idaho! We’re just getting our new blog rolled out but in the meantime you can view some of the newest homes on the market at our main website: