You have just purchased your new Oakland home.  You are more than satisfied with its condition, and are looking forward to many years in your new neighborhood.  You also know that in order to keep your home in its present condition, you are going to have to invest in maintaining it.  That is one of the expected costs of home ownership. 

The good news is that while there are many things you can do to maintain your home, there are three inexpensive, yet valuable steps that you can take that will give you the biggest return for your dollar:

1. Keep Your Carpets Clean--This seems a simple step, yet keeping by keeping your carpets clean, you can save thousands in replacement and repair costs of your current, and possibly brand new current carpeting.  Make plans to have your carpet thoroughly and professionally cleaned at least once a year.  In the meantime, keep the high traffic areas in your home touched up, so the dirt does not get ground in and do serious damage between cleanings.  Place area rugs at major entrances to minimize the constant exposure.  This is especially true if you have pets or a large family.  You will extend the life of the carpeting, and put off having to replace it as often.

2. Schedule Termite Inspections--While your home may have come termite free, it is very difficult to assure that every nook in your home's roof or foundation or garage has been covered by past inspections.  If you have a present termite guarantee in place, that is reassuring, but if not, make plans to have things looked at at least every 12-18 months.  The cost of this service far outweighs the ultimate repair costs of years of unseen termite damage after you have lived in you home for a while.

3. Check for Structural Cracks or Leaks--This is another ongoing activity that is a must.  After you have been in your home for a while, you many notice air coming in around a window, or up from the basement when all of the doors and windows are shut.  You may notice water spots appearing on the bedroom ceiling indicating there may be a small roof leak.  You may find water dripping or leaking in and around your plumbing, perhaps near the washing machine.  All this issues need to be dealt with promptly before moisture causes mold to develop, or water leaks harm your foundation.  If caught early, the short term repair costs far outweigh the long term damage costs.

The three suggestions will keep money in your pocket, and, at the same time keep your home as pleasant as it is now.

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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