So you’ve just closed the sale on your new home. You’re happy and proud of the milestone. But now that you are living in a space you call your own, you realize the many things you’d have to do to keep the house in tip-top shape.
It might feel rather redundant or too involved to constantly maintain your home, but it’s not without its benefits. Unfortunately, many people often think they only need to “fix” their home when it needs fixing. Below are some reasons you should put emphasis on home maintenance.
Helps You Keep Costs Down and Saves Money in the Long Run
Maintaining your home brings many benefits, but none more advantageous than allowing you to save money. You might think that it’s counterintuitive when you’re spending money, time, and effort on maintaining and cleaning your home, but when looking at it in the long run, it will help you save money. By maintaining your home, you’re preventing costly major damages from ever happening, thereby making sure you won’t have to bring out money at a bad time.
Prevents Problems from Accumulating, Resulting in an Efficient Home
Ultimately, maintenance is nothing more than maintenance. It’s a repetitive task that you have to do over and over again. But this isn’t for nothing: it makes sure that actually living in your home is as comfortable as possible. In addition, you’re preventing problems from accumulating because you’re addressing them immediately.
For example, your dishwasher will flow smoother because it never clogs, your dryer vent will never collect lint because it’s always cleaned out, dust allergies won’t trigger because your room is dust-free. Ultimately, these conveniences will make a living in your home truly comfortable and safe, and it’s only achievable through constant maintenance and upkeep.
Increases Your Home’s Resale Value
What’s interesting about owning a home is that even if you sell it after a few years, the price can still appreciate. However, this does not happen naturally, and that’s what home maintenance can help you with. By maintaining your home’s appearance, systems, and utilities, you’re preventing it from depreciating.
Homebuyers are most likely to request a lower rate when they see visible damage in your property, and this is prevented by maintaining and keeping it spic and span. Home inspectors would find fewer problems, fewer things to mark down, leading to an overall higher resale value for your home. Constant maintenance may sound like a lot of work. But if it leads to not just daily comfort and convenience but also increased home value, all the more reason to do it.
Extends the Lifespan of Your House, Appliances, and Furniture
They say when you take care of your things, the more they will last you. This is very much true, and not only that, but you will also have a better chance at claiming a warranty should something happen to your home appliances or systems. Companies are more likely to cover repairs or replacements of your home appliance if there is evidence that you have tried to take care of and maintain them. It’s important to read the fine print in your warranty to understand the terms and conditions. In addition, preventative maintenance can show you parts of the house damaged through wear and tear (which can ultimately devalue your property). This then allows you to address it immediately, preventing further damage and increasing its longevity.
Guarantees Health and Safety
We might think that we’re keeping our houses germ-free by doing sporadic light cleaning. Some families barely allow visitors inside their house to make sure it’s clean and free from contaminants. But without actual deep cleaning, it’s hard to be sure that your home is free from risks.
Consider this: even major businesses get commercial cleaning to ensure that their office space is free of germs and bacteria, which is a prominent concern, especially nowadays. So it only stands that you put in the effort to maintain your home’s safety by ensuring it’s clean and free from the risk of contamination. Having a mudroom where family members can disinfect themselves can help a lot.
Owning a home is a fulfilling and important milestone in our lives. However, being a homeowner not only means being content and complacent, thinking that everything will work out on its own. You need to put in the effort to maintain a nice and comfortable house — no one else will do it for you. Keeping your home in good condition is a responsibility, but it’s a responsibility that will eventually help you in the end.