No matter how many investments you make, you have to maintain your home to increase your property value. If you let maintenance slide that is when systems are most likely to have problems and things will fall into disrepair. Boosting your property value is simple with the easy maintenance tips below.

Easy Ways to Work in Home Maintenance

Regular preventative maintenance and updates can help extend the life of your home and make it more comfortable to live in. Not to mention that without it your home value can depreciate by 10%. Here’s your go-to guide for maintaining your home from the floors up!

1.     Monthly deep cleaning. At least once a month give your home a good cleaning. In addition to the surface dirt, go further by cleaning or replacing filters, inspecting appliances and systems, etc.

2.     Check fire safety devices every six months. Fires destroy thousands of homes every year. Doing a simple maintenance check of fire alarms and extinguishers can make the difference between saving your home and losing it.

3.     Lay down a few coats of high-octane epoxy on the garage floor. This low-effort update makes the floors look great and it will be easier to maintain after dusty projects or if there are spills.

4.     Winterize your home each fall. Checking things like weather stripping and caulking not only helps you keep your home maintained it can also save you on utility costs. Keeping cracks caulked can also help prevent water damage.

5.     Give the exterior a quarterly cleaning. Each time a new season rolls around clean up around the exterior of your house by cutting plants and tree limbs back so that they are at least three left from the home. Also clear out gutters, power wash walkways, look for cracks in the foundation and level out in low spots in the landscaping.

6.     Replace or repair damaged and missing shingles as needed. If not, it could lead to much bigger problems like water damage and mold.

7.     Getting your HVAC system serviced once a year will extend its life and increase energy efficiency. While you’re at it get your water heater serviced so that gunk doesn’t build up in the system.

8.     Intermittently check your toilets for leaks. Toilet leaks can do more than just waste water. They can wear out parts prematurely and cause water damage. An easy way to check for leaks is to add food coloring to the tank and let it sit for a while. If the color fades after an hour you likely have a leak that you’ll need to troubleshoot.

9.     Invest in some inexpensive strainers for your drains. This can keep things from going down the drain that will cause major problems immediately or eventually.

10.Freshen up the paint once a year. Your walls may look great, but there’s a good chance that baseboard and door trim has suffered a little wear and tear.

If your floors are beyond regular maintenance visit your local CRT Flooring Concepts showroom. Our design consultants can help you select affordable flooring that looks great and is easy to maintain. We can even get your flooring installation scheduled in-store or you can use our online form to get a flooring estimate.

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