Nothing lasts without proper care. Cars need routine oil changes, computers need periodic updates and homes need regular maintenance.
Set up a regular schedule for the following home maintenance tasks:
Regular maintenance keeps your home in working order and is in the best interest of all homeowners. Depending on the property and other factors, somewhere further down the priority list may be a batch of optional improvement projects like room remodels or cosmetic updates, including:
These elective endeavors can enhance both the value and character of your home. And while these projects can seem urgent, the typical budget won’t allow for a whole-house remodel within a short period of time.
So before embarking on a rash of cosmetic changes, carefully estimate both the cost and value of your updates. Will marble flooring pay off at resale? Are new cabinets urgently needed, or would a fresh coat of paint suffice?
Weigh cost against value, and when in doubt, give your real estate agent a call. Agents can steer you toward projects that will produce a good return at resale.
Maintenance issues will pop up from time to time. You typically have a choice of how to handle these problems. Will you rely on your DIY skills or hire a professional to help?
Here’s some advice that can help you make that decision: With a good Internet connection, you can learn how to do nearly any type of home repair. Do-it-yourself videos abound online. But that doesn’t mean that you should tackle every problem yourself.
If a project requires the purchase of thousand-dollar tools, it’s probably not a good DIY job. On the other hand, if you have most of the equipment to do the job and the risk of serious damage or injury is low, you might take a shot.
Here’s a list of DIY projects that are typically simple and inexpensive:
Everyone has different levels of home improvement experience. For some homeowners, even simple DIY projects might be better off in the hands of a professional contractor.
Home improvement projects can be tough. Many kinds of repairs require specialized tools and expertise that the average homeowner doesn’t possess.
It’s usually a good idea to let a professional tackle these types of projects:
Within any service profession, there are great and not-so-great options, contractors included.
When searching out the best contractor for your project, consider the following resources:
Questions to Ask a Contractor
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you’ve found the right person for the job. Use the following questions to gather information and flesh out any potential problems:
Having the freedom to modify a home can be extremely liberating. The possibilities are endless for a creative homeowner.
But on your way to home perfection, don’t lose sight of an important distinction: mandatory maintenance v. optional improvements.