How to Extend the Life of Your Home

A well-built and maintained home can stand for hundreds of years. You will undoubtedly have to do renovations from time to time and handle minor repairs, but today’s homes are built to last. All you have to do is be a good homeowner.

It’s easy to underestimate all that goes into caring for a house as a newbie homeowner. Appliances will break, and even your sturdy home is going to endure lots of wear and tear. Still, with regular maintenance, you can keep your home standing and your appliances operating at peak efficiency. Continue reading to learn different ways you can extend the life of your home.

Get routine maintenance on your appliances.

The best way to avoid costly repairs is to get routine maintenance on your appliances. Your air conditioner is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. When your air conditioning system works too hard to cool your home, it can wreak havoc on your utility bills.

Preventive maintenance is not only a great way to reduce repair costs and extend the life of your heat pump, but it will also help to keep your energy costs low. To keep your air conditioner running at peak performance while saving on utility bills, take off your DIY hat and let the pros handle your routine maintenance to your HVAC system.

Keep your gutters clean.

If you’ve ever seen someone cleaning out their gutters, you can bet for sure they weren’t doing it for fun. Your gutters play a much larger role in protecting your home than you may now.

Your roof sits at a slant to allow water to run down and off the roof. The gutter helps channel the water away from your shingles and run down a side or corner of a house and into the ground. However, if your gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, then water won’t be able to flow off the roof and into the gutter.

So, why have gutters if they can get clogged and cause water to sit on the roof? Doesn’t that make them as harmful as they are good? No. Without the gutter, every time it rained, you would feel like you were stepping through Niagara Falls as you walk through a sheet of water cascading down your roof and in front of the house. The point is, don’t underestimate the importance of your gutters.

Upgrade your kitchen.

Many people see their kitchen as the most important room in their home, and understandably so. After all, it stands to reason that if the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach that the kitchen is the heart of the home, right?

If you live in an older home, some kitchen renovations should be in the cards. Kitchen renovations are one of the best ways to add value to your home and make it more energy-efficient by replacing older appliances.

Dishwashers, refrigerators, and ranges with the Energy Star symbol are more energy-efficient than older appliances, which means that they could save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs over the lifetime of your new appliances. Energy-efficient appliances tend to suffer fewer breakdowns because they don’t work as hard as older, energy-wasting home appliances.

Remodeling your kitchen can get expensive, so it’s important to make a budget for your renovations and stick to it. Search online to get good ideas for low-budget kitchen renovations that will give your kitchen the style and functionality you want.

Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re smart about how you budget your kitchen remodel, you can have the new kitchen you’ve always wanted without breaking your piggy bank.

Written By
Daniel McCarthy
Management Consultant | Contributing Writer
Daniel McCarthy

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