Check out this week's guest blog by Shawn Langston, on the importance of routine maintenance!
Often, when checking out a home you’re considering to buy, everything looks like it’s in spit-spot condition for presentation. Or it appears that way. It’s worth recognizing that while everything may look good, there may be some long term problems you aren’t seeing. That’s the reality of owning a home however – there are always things to look out for and to be aware of. Here’s four of the most key things to think about and routinely look for as a house buyer or owner.
1. Foundation Repair
a. Unfortunately, a lot of houses will come with foundation problems and you’d never know it until after you’ve paid for the house and it’s just gotten worse. Fixing them isn’t really something you can do by yourself always – but it’s something you can be on the lookout for. Cracks in the walls and the floor are a good place to start. There are multiple reasons that someone may need foundation repair, the easiest to spot being changes in weather and seasons or trees and tree roots, so when those things happen, start being on the lookout.
2. Carpet Fitting/Replacement
a. I’ve written on this before – ruining carpet is a really easy thing to do. A lot of times, you may even have a house with carpet that wasn’t cut right. You’ll find it wrinkled up against the wall and allowing liquids to seep down from the wall and get under your carpet. This unfortunately makes way for an uncleansed mess that can create mold under the carpet and sometimes on the bottom of the wall. After you fix that and make sure your carpet is correctly installed, it’s a good idea to keep it clean so nothing becomes permanent and stains the carpet over time. More problems people have had with carpets include wrong padding, low quality carpet, and more.
3. Flooding Sprinklers
a. If you’re having sprinkler issues, I would recommend fixing them as soon as you find out about them. Essentially, you don’t want your lawn flooded, which can happen if the sprinklers are installed at a bad angle and if your lawn is on some kind of a slant which you may not know about. You should be able to notice this when water begins to build up around one spot, or your grass becomes a lot more muddy and hard to walk on. Also, if they’re too high out of the ground, there’s a chance of breaking them with the lawn mower. Not good stuff.
4. Immediate Safety Hazards
a. Hanging wires, uncovered electrical outlets, broken stairs… get these fixed! There are a million safety hazards that come with owning a house – houses stay safe by being aware and recognizing problems as soon as they are found! If you don’t notice them at other people’s houses, then they are probably doing a good job of housekeeping. Routine maintenance on things like this are 100% necessary to take care of ASAP!
So be aware. Not taking care of current problems make them into long term problems, which obviously cause a lot of long term pain. If you take care of what you have, not only will the resale value go up but it will keep you and your housemates in comfortable and safe living conditions.
Shawn Langston currently resides in Boise, ID with his wife and two dogs. He works full time as a physical therapist and spends a lot of his free time freelance writing for websites about home improvement and outdoor adventuring (hiking in Idaho is wonderful, as well as skiing in the winter months).
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