Sellers and builders put a lot of time and effort into making a house look its best before selling, but that does not mean there is nothing for new owners to consider. Below are six upgrades you should consider for your new home, to keep it looking and performing its best for years to come.
The Garden and Landscape
The landscaping around a home can often be overlooked as a low priority when it is being prepared for the market. This is especially true for new builds where the contractor left only enough time to sew the lawn before calling the job done. An attractive garden and thoughtful landscaping can add curb appeal to your home in a single afternoon, and they can add to the value of your home over time as plants mature. Things like fruit trees can bring a regular bounty to your home season after season.
The Roof Matters
An investment in your roof is an investment not only in your home’s value but its longevity as well. Unless your home is a new build, you will want to take the time to do a thorough roof inspection at the very least. Make sure the shingles are in good condition, laid correctly, and there are no damp or weak spots in the roof. Also, check to be sure all of the old shingles were removed before the new ones were installed.
From traditional asphalt shingles to corrugated metal, clay tiles, or even solar shingles, there are more options for roofing today than ever before. Each option can have a huge impact on the look, performance, and longevity of your roof, so it is a decision you want to consider with care. When deciding, know that many kinds of roofing require specialized installation.
Nothing adds to a home’s aesthetic like a fresh coat of paint. This is just as true for the exterior of a home as it is for the interior, so it is no surprise new paint is one of the most common upgrades owners make to a new home. Even just a fresh color on the trim or a bold pop of color on the front door can make a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal and value. Plus, preparing your home’s exterior for a new coat of paint can reveal otherwise hidden issues you will want to repair right away. From water damage to openings that rodents can enter, the prep for paint work can help to prevent a host of bigger issues.
Check the Gutters
While you are inspecting the roof, make sure to check the house’s gutters as well. This often-overlooked feature channels water from your roof and away from your foundation, thus protecting it from erosion over time. Make sure the gutters are clear and well maintained to keep them working their best. If your home is a new build, gutters may not have been included at all! If this is the case, having them installed will protect your home’s foundation in the future.
Clear and Maintain Exterior Vents
Exterior vents, from the clothes dryer and the HVAC system, are another area easily overlooked when a house is being prepared for the market. The lint from clothes dryers can become trapped and packed in the duct if the external vent trap is not regularly cleared. This can become a potential fire hazard. Clearing this vent and performing a preventative and thorough cleaning protects your home.
Likewise, HVAC units can become clogged with grass clippings and leaves throughout the spring, summer, and autumn months. This places strain on the unit, lowering its efficiency and increasing the risk of malfunction throughout the year. Cleaning and maintaining the HVAC unit keeps it running well all year long.
Protect Against Pests
Your home can be a tempting source of food and shelter for pests. Termites, rodents, and other pests can cause considerable damage to your home. Invest in regular preventative and pest control treatments, not only in your home but around its exterior as well, to protect it from them all year round.
Purchasing a home is a huge investment in your future. Make the most of your investment by making a few simple upgrades now to add to its value now and hold onto it longer.
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