Being a proactive homeowner means actively investing in the wellbeing and maintenance of your home so that it retains its value for as long as possible. This will increase its overall value because it is well maintained and in turn keep its resale value high. Here are some steps you can take to become a proactive homeowner.
Don’t forget the exterior
The first impression people get of a home is the front garden. If it looks run down and neglected people will assume the interior is no different. To make sure the value of your home is not negatively influenced by the exterior be sure to do basic maintenance like removing weeds in the driveway and cutting the grass.
Give it a lick of paint
This is true of both the interior and exterior of your home. A little bit of paint can go a long way in making everything look well kept. Begin with the exterior and work your way inside, room by room. You’ll be surprised by what a big difference this will make to the overall impression of your home.
Seeing as you need to remove things from a room before painting this is the perfect opportunity to spring clean. Clean the skirting, window sills, windows and even carpets and floors. This is a great way to give your home a fresh new look without actually changing anything.
Before painting the exterior of your home, clean out all the gutters and check for leaks that will leave unsightly stains and watermarks on your freshly painted walls. While you are up there you should check to see if all of your roof shingles are still in place and intact.
Call a plumber
One of the things that can quickly become an issue is faulty plumbing. If you suspect there is a problem do not hesitate to call a plumber to have it checked. Any leaks, whether they spring from taps, toilets, showers or pipes should be patched immediately. While the plumber is there have them check all the pipes to avoid potentially disastrous leaks or even burst pipes in the future.