If you’ve purchased a home, take care of your investment. By keeping up with home maintenance and updates, you can boost your property value. Here are a few easy ways to be a better homeowner.
Upgrade Your Windows
If your home has older, single-pane windows, you will greatly benefit from installing new windows. New windows are more energy-efficient than older models. If you can’t afford brand new windows, you can still boost efficiency with an insulation kit or foam insulation strips available at your local hardware store. Thermal drapes for insulating windows are available with light-filtering or blackout options.
Caulk the Doors and Windows
To help boost energy-efficiency, use caulk to seal any cracks between a window or door and its frame. This is an easy and inexpensive way to be a better homeowner.
Improve Curb Appeal to Be a Better Homeowner
Look at the front of your home and make improvements to boost the curb appeal of the property. Repaint the front door with a bold color. Install a new, more attractive garage door. Edge the sidewalk and driveway. Add colorful flowers in the flower beds or in planters on the porch. Trim the hedges. Install decorative lighting to add dimension to the yard at night.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps keep power bills down because it regulates when the heat or air conditioning is running. In the winter, set the thermostat to lower the temperature by a few degrees when you aren’t home. Program it to return to your usual temperature at the time you arrive home from work. “Smart” thermostats can be controlled with an app on your phone to give you better control of the temperature while you’re away.
Be a Better Homeowner by Getting the HVAC System Serviced
One of the most important systems in your home is the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system. HVAC units are expensive, so you’ll want to keep it well-maintained. Have the HVAC system serviced twice a year by a professional to help it work more efficiently and to extend its life expectancy.
A fresh coat of paint in the bedrooms or the kitchen makes your home look better and improves its resale value. Painting a room is an easy DIY task that can be completed in a weekend.
Be a Better Homeowner by Starting an Emergency Fund
A responsible homeowner is prepared for emergencies. Set aside money every month for unexpected repairs. If you need to replace your refrigerator or repair a storm-damaged roof, you’ll be glad that you have been putting away money for home-related expenses.