When living in your newly purchased home, whether in Berkeley, Oakland or Piedmont, you must always make plans to maintain it.  You want to do this to keep its present value, and hopefully, increase its resale value when it comes time to move on.  Recently we gave you three inexpensive steps to keep your newly purchased home in tip top order.  Here are some addtional very inexpensive maintenance steps that you take that are quite simple, and can be very effective:

1. Have your HVAC system inspected yearly (HVAC is your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system)--The inspection cost is usually under $300, depending on area, and keeping tabs on the condition of your heat pump or blower may save you thousands of dollars  in repair, and avoid a breakdown when you most need heat or cooling air.

2. Inspect Your Chimney--A regular chimney inspection will protect you against leaks and cracks within the chimney, make sure that it functions safely and properly, and will insure that you have no water drips in and around the exterior roofing. 

3. Keep Your Exterior Wood Decks In Condition--Power wash these decks and seal them before the rains come.  Without this sealing, the wood could expand, crack and warp, costing you a great deal of money in repair compared to the prevention costs. It will also prevent potential foundation issues due to water damage around the decks. 

All of these above preventative activities are very inexpensive, and will pay their way in the long run in helping you to avoid unexpected repairs, and are an investment in your future home's resale value. 


Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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