Last but not least in my home buying series, I want to talk to you about caring for your home once you’ve purchased it. A home takes a lot of work to keep it running smoothly and keeping it in tip-top shape. Once you let things go, it’s easy to get used to them and forget to fix or update. Here are a few tips based on my experience.
First things first, let’s talk about the outside of your home. While keeping the inside maintained is important, the outside is what leaves a first impression. If you live in a community with an HOA, you can get fined if not properly taken care of.
No one wants to see a house with a lawn that has overgrowing weeds or grass. Also, unless you live in the desert, I’m sure you want your grass to stay luscious and green. So how do you do that?
Keep up with watering your lawn. Whether you have sprinklers or hose attachment, water your grass. I know, that water bill, maybe not everyday if it get’s pricey, but enough so your grass doesn’t turn to dust! Also, mow your lawn! You can do it yourself, or you can outsource this task to a lawn company. if there is a young person in the area willing to do it to earn some extra cash go that route. Take pride in your lawn maintenance, edge the grass, make sure it looks nice….please, please, please no dandelions!
If you have a green thumb, I also highly recommend gardening. At the very least, try planting a few plants or flowers that don’t need a lot of care and maintenance but helps with your home’s curb appeal. I don’t have a green thumb or a lot of time, so I go online for inspiration and ideas for what will look nice and take the least maintenance. Hosta are my best friend, they are pretty, come back every year and you have to try hard to kill them.
Regular Home Maintenance
In managing everyday life, things can get out of hand fast. To keep everything up to date, make sure to have a list of regular home maintenance tasks that you can complete throughout the year. Make sure your electrical system is taken care of, keep appliances and items in your home updated, and paint the walls when they need it!
Other ways to keep up with home maintenance is to have a seasonal schedule, stocking up on items like lights bulbs when they are on sale, and having items like air filters or even batteries delivered to you.
What To Fix & When
Here’s the thing about buying a home… you now have to keep up with and fix everything. You don’t have a landlord at your disposal to fix something when it breaks. So, to avoid major repairs or getting yourself into debt, here’s what I recommend.
First, leaks need to be fixed ASAP. A small leak can end up costing you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, over time. Also, water can damage everything in its path, so a burst pipe could cost you a lot more money than a small leak if you add up floor and wall damage.
Along with a regular maintenance schedule, keep a list of broken things that need to be fixed. You can use a piece of paper on your fridge, a dry erase board or even sticky notes. Out of sight out of mind is real – I actually let a cabinet stay broke for years because I just got used to it.
Keep Your Home Clean
Everyone knows that when caring for your new home, you need to keep it clean. Now, this may mean different things to different people, but keeping a clean home also helps keep your home in good shape. There are so many different cleaning lists on Pinterest, and you can Google one that works for you as well.
If there are a lot of people in your home, roommates, your kids, etc. Set some ground rules, give everyone some chores. One person shouldn’t have to do all the work. A simple rule of putting things where they go when you are done is a good place to start.
If cleaning isn’t your thing, don’t feel bad, hire it out. Seriously, even if you live in a tiny home that is only 400 sq feet, call someone and outsource. Companies can cost a lot of money, so you’ll save more if you find someone who does home cleaning as a side gig. A great way to do this is asking in local Facebook groups, asking for referrals, or even doing a quick search.
Caring for your new home may seem daunting at first, but it’s actually really easy. With a simple schedule and a little work on your end, you’ll be caring for your new home for years to come.
What tips do you have for keeping your home nice?
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