Maintaining Your Home Investment



(BPT) - Home ownership is an important investment that can
create both a sense of pride and a place in the world that is all your own.
While the investment in purchasing or building your own home is sizeable,
letting your home fall into disrepair can be even more costly. However, home
maintenance doesn't have to be a daunting task. By following a few simple steps
and making maintenance a regular activity, you'll not only preserve the quality
of your home, but you'll likely save money over the long

Keep a regular maintenance schedule

you've just moved in or have lived in your home for decades, it's important to
establish a regular routine to maintain your home. Some tasks should be checked
off the list regularly, while others are more seasonal. Start a list or put
reminders on your calendar for these important to-dos:

  • Regularly test fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide
  • Replace air filters for heating and cooling systems according to owner's
  • Schedule regular furnace and water heater maintenance.
  • Check electrical outlets to ensure proper function.
  • Weatherproof doors and windows according to the season.
  • Don't underestimate regular cleaning to keep your home in top shape.

Invest in items that protect your

Regular home maintenance is worth your while and
certain investments can ensure your home remains in top shape for years to come.
There are many different products designed to help you maintain your home
investment by making it easier to clean, protect, update and more. For example,
if pets are part of your family, investing in a great vacuum can help keep your
house pet hair free, while a home security system will help ensure your home and
possessions are protected at all times.

If you're building a new home or
remodeling, consider products designed to maintain your investments. For
example, KraftMaid's CoreGuard sink base, an engineered polymer cabinet
interior, is designed to protect from leaks and spills that commonly occur under
the sink. Available through dealers, Lowe's or The Home Depot, CoreGuard offers
a simple solution to protect cabinetry for the long term.

on the outside counts too.

While you may experience the benefits of
interior maintenance more regularly, outdoor maintenance is just as important in
taking care of your home. Tasks like making sure gutters are clear and siding is
clean and damage-free help ensure that the exterior of your home stays
beautiful. Strategic landscaping can help with heating or cooling costs by
allowing light in or providing shade where needed. It can also help by diverting
water away from the house to avoid leaks or damage. Additionally, an investment
in the exterior of your house can enhance the curb appeal and make it a joy to
come home to every day.