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We just listed a home in Brookside that has been very well taken care and I noted that this is a rare find these days. The home you live in (or rent for that matter) represents a huge investment and the life of that asset depends on how you treat it. This is true for just about every aspect of life but we will only scratch the surface of that concept by talking directly about your living space.

It is important to note here that even if you are a renter, it is in your best interest to take good care of the space you live in. If you don’t keep the property maintained for its optimal performance than you will feel the financial burden of failed air conditioners, rotted floors, buckling roofs, & flooded basements in the trickle-down-effect where landlords increase rents to cover expenses in order to keep the investment from failing. So renters need to take heed as well.

You can find all sorts of home ownership tips and maintenance guides out there, but here are a few that I recommend based on years of property ownership, management & common sense.

1. Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris (HGTV.com) – I have said it here before, but water truly is the worst enemy when it comes to major home problems. Controlling leaks, drips, deluges, percolation & run-off should be priority number one in home maintenance. You can include clean your gutters in this tip as well.

2. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so. (popularmechanics.com) – It only takes one look at a recently burnt home to recognize how important it is to have your alarms working. If you hear a chirping noise from your smoke alarms, it’s telling  you to change the batteries. Don’t wait for that reminder, get in the habit of regularly replacing them (twice a year is recommended).

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