Many homeowners settle for less and don’t even realize it.
Maintenance isn’t something that you think about when you first purchase a home. Upon move-in, we’re typically aware of the home’s condition. We know the status of the plumbing and roof. We know if the foundation is stable and if the walls are painted to our liking. And once we find our dream home, we can’t wait to settle in! …Many times, we don’t anticipate the day when we might have to sell.
While buying a home and deciding to sell are both major decisions, they are two very different experiences. While one invites the opportunity to become extremely particular, the latter tasks you with it. Quite frankly, selling a home means examining all of the issues that you failed to keep track of over time.
On average, Americans spend upwards of $10,000 on repairs once they decide to place their home on the market. This is an unfortunate reality, because more often than not, these issues can be managed—and even prevented—if they were only monitored at a more frequent rate.
Of course, you don’t have to fix your home’s damaged parts before selling. But unaddressed issues could decrease your home’s value significantly.
Here are suggested time frames for monitoring some of the most important parts of your home:
- Roof :: While most roofs have a significant life span, you should inspect your roof every three to five years for leaks and general wear and tear.
- Plumbing :: You should have your plumbing checked yearly. And remember, your pipes will have to work the hardest during the winter.
- Septic Tank :: Every three years, you should have your tank inspected by a septic service professional.
- Water Heater :: Your water heater should be drained yearly.
We all crave the day where we can feel comfortable and at peace in our new home. But upkeep is vital—not only for your budget, but for the safety of you and your family, as well.
Dear Homeowners: Unless you anticipate settling for less, maintenance should always be a priority.