Thursday, 25 August 2016

Preventive Medicine for Your Home and Wallet

                Preventive Medicine for Your Home and Wallet
                     By Toronto Real Estate Board


The purchase of a home is one of the biggest financial investments that most people will ever make, so protecting that investment is paramount. That’s why it’s crucial to stick to a comprehensive home maintenance plan. Constant upkeep of your home will help it run efficiently, save you money and ensure a painless transaction when it’s time to move on.
Today, I’m going to offer you some advice on how you can implement a long-term, low-cost program that could limit the number of repairs you’ll need to undergo when it’s time to sell.
While most of these tips apply to freehold homeowners, everyone should read on to see what applies to their situation. This article also provides a sense of the financial obligations of good home maintenance for first-time buyers.

Regular Improvements
Monitoring your home on a regular basis will help you spot any potential problems before they turn into major headaches. Some suggestions for annual upkeep:
  • Test faucets
  • Clean drains
  • Test main shut off valve & hot water tank pressure valve
  • Clean sump pump
Outside Structure
  • Replace weather stripping around windows & doors
  • Fill cracks with epoxy
  • Recaulk foundation
  • Lubricate garage door
  • Replace loose shingles
  • Schedule chimney cleaning & roof inspection
  • Fill cracks with epoxy
  • Clean up mould & mildew
  • Check bulbs, outlets & cords
  • Check detectors & replace batteries
  • Clean lint traps, hood vents and fans
Heating, Ventilation & A/C
  • Replace furnace filters (every 3 months)
  • Schedule annual furnace inspection
  • Cover A/C unit in the fall
Drainage & Landscaping
  • Clean eavestroughs & down spouts (twice a year)
  • Inspect & patch driveway
  • Regrade soil away from home

Long-Term Improvements
Long-term improvements occur less frequently, but may cost a bit more than the average home maintenance routine. Some improvements you may consider working into your long-term budget include:
5 Years
  • Replace sump pump
10 Years
  • Replace hot water heater
  • Install new windows
  • Repaint home exterior
  • Replace smoke, carbon monoxide & radon detectors 
15 Years
  • Replace external doors
  • Replace central A/C
  • Repave driveway
20 Years
  • Replace roof shingles
  • Replace furnace
25-30 Years
  • Regrade property around foundation
  • Replace eaves, soffits & fascia

Other Maintenance Tips
 Consider creating a home maintenance schedule. That way, you’ll ensure you stay on top of your home improvements, and prevent any unnecessary, and potentially costly surprises.
You may want to consider adding a budget for landscaping, fixtures and current finishes. These cosmetic improvements could increase your home’s desirability, and potential value when it comes time to sell.
While this list isn’t all-encompassing, homes are as unique as the homeowners themselves, this list can certainly help guide and ensure your home is more efficient and safe. I hope you’re proud of your investment and wish you continued enjoyment of your home  in the years to come.

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