When searching for a home, most people tend to focus on the interior of the home and all of the great memories that will soon be made after they purchase that home. If you ever plan to resale the house, it is very important that you maintain the home and keep it in great condition both inside and out.
The interior of a home may appear more comfortable than the exterior with central air- conditioning and heat and often times landscapers may be mowing your lawn. It is not uncommon for homeowners to spend less time assessing the exterior needs of their home. Below is a simple checklist for the exterior of your home:
- Clean any gutters or water spouts 2 or 3 times a year depending on the amount of trees you have around your yard.
- Invest in painting the exterior of your home every ten to fifteen years based upon the material of the exterior.
- Caulk around the exterior where needed every 3-5 years.
If you have the opportunity to build your own home or are considering replacing some of the exterior components of an existing, take the time to evaluate the costs and longevity of the materials. Skimping on the costs of exterior materials to add more expensive interior finishes, may not help long term. For instance, buying untreated wood for exterior trim may save a few thousand dollars initially but the recurring cost to paint will add up very quickly.
By performing simple maintenance on the exterior of your home, you will save yourself from costly repairs. Regular annual maintenance will keep you from spending large sums of money should you ever choose to list your home for sale. Maintaining your home may also result in selling the property for a higher price.
For more information about maintaining your home for potential sale or to purchase a new home, contact your REALTOR® today.