I thought I’d take a moment and discuss general housekeeping when it comes to home ownership. Most first time home buyers don’t consider all the things that need to be done every year to keep their home in tip-top shape. Truth is many people who have owned multiple homes forget from time to time the things that need to be done in order to keep their house as perfect as can be. Let’s take a look at some general housekeeping ideas.

One of the most important housekeeping things you can do every year is have your furnace and air conditioning unit cleaned, serviced, and certified. For a lot of first time home buyers this is something that goes to the waste side and it’s an important maintenance that should be looked at every year. This won’t run you more than a couple hundred dollars.

Another housekeeping item that many don’t bother with until it’s too late is having your sewer lines scoped. Most don’t even think about doing this until the toilet backs up and you could be looking at some serious problems. General rule of thumb is to have your sewer lines scoped for problems and cleaned every couple of years. This won’t run you more than a hundred dollars.

This next housekeeping item will cost you money the first time but if you pay attention you’ll learn how to do it for the rest of your life; sprinkler blowouts and winterization. We live in Colorado and come winter the water lines can freeze. At the end of the summer hire an irrigation company to professionally blowout your sprinkler lines and winterize your sprinkler system. This will run you between seventy-five an a hundred and fifty dollars. Pay the first time and learn how to do it for free the next time.

Come fall there’s always that great housekeeping that comes up called gutter cleaning. With the leaves falling off the trees and the small twigs coming loose from the wind it’s really important to clean those gutters out. The point of gutters is to direct rain fall away from the property. I could write an entire blog post on just this topic but for now let’s summarize it with water falling against the property is not a good thing. The gutters prevent this from happening. If the gutters have debris in them then the water won’t flow the way it should and the point of the gutters is then undermined. Clean those gutters.

Last but not least you have your spring-cleaning housekeeping. Winter has passed and you’re getting ready for summer. De-clutter time! Use this time to throw away things you don’t want and don’t need anymore. Add space to the home. You’ll thank me later trust me. When you come time to move and you wonder, “Why do I still have this futon?” The answer is in the housekeeping.

Marc Bayes is a Broker Associate with the Colorado Dream House Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC. Contact Marc at 303-619-3052, marc@coloradodreamhouse.com, codreamhouse.com or coloradodreamhouse.com  

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