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A Checklist for Taking Care of Your Home

There is far more to home ownership, than merely living there and paying the necessary bills. One must enter into this situation with an open mind, in order to protect what for most people, is their single largest financial asset. Nevertheless, we often witness homeowners forgetting essential maintenance, repairs, and other seemingly common necessities and actions, which can easily be solved by this underrated tool. This blog will briefly examine the importance of creating a checklist when taking care of a home.

The idea of checklists may seem tedious and boring, but by regularly implementing a structured routine, you will find yourself accomplishing much more in quicker time. This practice can save your home from countless problems, and can free yourself from potential headaches. Having a basic framework of what needs to be done will make it easier to pinpoint any problems before they occur, as well as improving efficiency and minimizing mistakes.

Not only will checklists show what needs to be done, they will help you remember when those tasks should be completed. Trying to remember everything at once will often lead to forgetfulness which is counterintuitive when taking care of houses. Checklists will also enable you to remember the costs related to the tasks, such as repairs or buying tools.

Owning a home requires maturity, and a reliable approach. By creating checklists, you can potentially save yourself from the consequences of forgetting to complete a task. Remember that while homeowners must take care of their houses on a regular, focused, sensible basis, it is equally important to carefully plan out and list the tasks that need to be accomplished.

We have assembled a sample checklist broken down into monthly, quarterly, and annually items to complete. A lot of these items will vary according to the specifics of your home.

Monthly:

Inspect and Change out HVAC filters if needed

Clean the range hood and filter

Clean the garbage disposal

Clean the furnace filter and replace if needed.

Check the outside of your home for any problems or issues. These could be a loose gutter, dead branches hanging over your house, insect nests, etc

Quarterly:

Test smoke and carbon detectors

Flush toilet(s) if you have ones that are being rarely used

Inspect your fire extinguisher(s)

Clean and dust everything in your home

Annually:

Clean out gutters


How to Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal

As a homeowner, creating curb appeal is very important especially when you are trying to sell your home. The exterior of your home creates a first impression on your neighbors and others as they pass by. Curb appeal applies to the exterior of your house, the driveway, and the landscaping. It can enhance the beauty of your home and create a great impression in the mind of the prospective buyer. Curb appeal is a blend of art and science, you do not need to invest a huge amount of money. You can make your home look stunning while keeping a tight budget. It just requires a bit of planning. Below are some tips to improve your homes curb appeal:

Have a classy front door

If you’re not in love with your front door, you don’t need to dish out loads of money to replace it. Think beyond paint and consider also adding molding, which offers a decorative frame for your door, welcoming visitors while serving as a grand entrance. You can also glam up your door by adding metal house numbers. During the holiday season you can add a wreath or seasonal decorations to your door.

Add shutters to your home’s exterior

An easy way to accentuate the size of your windows is to add shutters. Not only does it make your windows look larger, but it adds visual interest by disrupting a bland exterior wall. Choose a color that contrasts with the color of your home to make it pop for maximum curb appeal.

Improve your outside lighting

Replacing your exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal must. You can usually find outdoor sconces for around $20 at home centers. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system. And if you want to save on lighting, a fresh finish can do wonders. Plan for perfect symmetry of lighting and front door to elevate curb appeal. It creates eye catching look while being easy to arrange too. If you have a walking path, illuminate it with beautiful landscape lighting. You can also opt for the solar fixtures.

Add some outdoor art that is weather resistant

The artwork should be able to complement the colors used in your home when possible. It could be a totem pole from the Pacific Northwest, a statue formed from poured concrete, or a contemporary sculpture made from metal.


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