Maintenance Tips

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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 Detectors
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
Inspect Roof
Check your roof for wear and tear. Replace shingles that are cracked, buckled, loose or missing
Examine Chimney
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
Check Foundation
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.

Looking for a contractor to help tackle maintenance? Here is a list to get you started and check out our webpage to learn more about how to determine who to work with.

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