You have just bought an Alameda home. You are very pleased to be there, and you want to live there for a long time. Below are some tips that will maintain your home for the long run, and, as a bonus, keep your home ready for any future sale that you might want to consider. Many of these suggestions do not cost a great deal of money, and, if followed consistently, will prevent more expensive repairs later.

 You need to have a regular plan of maintenance based on the various elements of the home. Here are some suggestions regarding the exterior:

1. Have a schedule to repaint, reseal, or restain the exterior walls.

2. Clean and inspect all gutters, downspouts, and drainage areas to avoid leaks into the home.

3. Inspect the roof regularly for leaks, cracks, and loose shingles or tiles.

4. Check all siding for damage, and all wood materials for damage or insects.

5. Check the exterior of the fireplace and chimney to assure it is safe and stable.

6. Make sure to keep all brick or stone walkways safe and level.

7. Patch all concrete in driveways or backyards to prevent breakdown with use.

8. Check and caulk windows and doors as needed to keep out wind and water.

Follow these simple steps to maintenance, and you will be pleased with your long terms results, and the resultant financial rewards when it comes time to sell your house.


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