Home Maintenance Tips for the Seasoned Homeowner

Have you ever noticed that, over time, we get accustomed to seeing a thing a certain way? For example, that crisp white dress shirt hanging in your closet may look fresh and clean, but if you held it up to a brand new white shirt, yours might appear quite dingy!

In the same way, sometimes homeowners, comfortable in their own environment, fail to recognize serious issues in their own home. Today, we would like to suggest three home maintenance tips for the seasoned homeowner.

  • Pay attention to the floor. Does your wooden floor squeak when you step in certain spots? Does your table wobble? While these are not necessarily signs of a problem. More often than not, they are simply signs of natural settling that occurs over time. A home inspection by a qualified inspector will help you determine whether your squeaky, warped, or sagging floor is natural wear and tear or a sign of another problem.

  • Check the water and plumbing systems. No problem is more damaging or annoying than water. We recommend getting the furnace, garage heater and hot water heater serviced and checked annually. This is a good time to check under the sinks and behind the toilets for any drips. If your toilet runs internally, it may be time for the flapper to be replaced as well.

  • Look critically at your landscaping. Because trees and bushes grow and change so slowly, homeowners often don’t notice when they become a hazard. Walk around the exterior of your home and look for dead or dying trees, or any low hanging branches that scrape or rest on your roof. And don’t just look up; check your concrete driveway, sidewalk, or patio for cracks caused by invasive root systems. Fortunately it’s relatively inexpensive and simple to take care of landscaping issues, so spend a weekend afternoon getting some fresh air and sprucing up your home’s exterior.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics notes that everything in the universe tends toward disorder and decay, and your home is no exception. If you have been living in your house for some time, it could be time for you to look at your house as if you were putting it on the market. Looking at your home from a fresh perspective may reveal maintenance items that need to be addressed.

For more tips about maintaining your Alaskan home, or for information about putting your house on the market, feel free to contact Wolf Real Estate Professionals at (907) 248-9653, email us at team@wolfhomes.net, or visit us at www.alaskanhome.com!

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