Maintaining your home can reduce the chance of depreciation!
Be sure to:
- Complete small maintenance projects before they become too big to manage (see below for ideas!)
- If you have big projects to tackle, reach out to us for advice on financing the repairs.
- If you live in a condominium, work with your Homeowner’s Association to complete exterior repairs on condominiums.
|Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if necessary
Check for Air Leaks
|Repair and replace caulk, weather-stripping, glazing, and window and door seals as needed to reduce air flow
|Check your roof for wear and tear. Replace shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or missing
|Check exterior chimney for signs of damage and have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep (if applicable)
Service the Furnace
|Have your heating system inspected. Replace air filters regularly
Touch Up Paint
|Lower humidity and cooler temperatures (not cold) make it a good time to touch up peeling or damaged paint on the exterior of your home
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
|Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris
|Look for signs of cracks or water damage. Trim bushes and keep vegetation three feet from home
Prepare Outdoor Faucets
|Turn off valves to the exterior hose bibs. Empty hose and store inside
Clear Outdoor Vents
|Make sure vents are clear of any vegetation or other debris
Maintain Your Septic System
|If you are not on public sewer, it’s important to maintain your system properly. Here’s some tips and information to help you. EPA Septic Smart Flyer
Please note: When the time comes to sell your home, a buyer will have a building inspection completed at their cost. We will receive a full report on the home. You will be responsible for any health, safety and non-operational issues that are discovered. Ongoing maintenance can help keep this report minimal.
Examples of Health & Safety Items:
- Electrical issues including GFCIs and smoke detectors
- Active plumbing leaks, unsecured fixtures
- Broken or non-functional windows
- Roof leaks
- Malfunctioning heating systems or water heaters
- Heating systems must be serviced and tagged within the last two years
- Radon levels testing high
- Rotten siding or trim that could allow moisture into a home
- Safety railings must meet current building codes
- Septic tank, if any, must be pumped in the last two years
- Any issues with wells or water systems
- Any issues found in a Fire & Safety inspection done by town or state fire marshal, if required.