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4 Key Benefits of Regular Home Maintenance

Home Maintenance

Published: July 7, 2020

Whether you'd like to sell your home in the near future or plan on living there for many years to come, regular home maintenance is one of the most important aspects of home ownership. Not only does regular home care keep your household running smoothly — it can also save you a significant amount of time and money in the long run. Read on for even more key benefits of regular home maintenance.

1. Keeps you, your family, and your belongings safe

Your home should be a safe haven and comfort zone. Unfortunately, a poorly maintained home can be anything but.

Without proper care, your home can deteriorate, creating an unpleasant, or worse — unsafe — living experience for you and your family, and putting your treasured belongings at risk. Not taking care of your home can result in things like electrical failures and plumbing mishaps, which can cause irreparable damage. Even smaller-scale events, like mold growth, can harm your family, pets, and home.

By keeping up with home repairs, you can help to prevent small issues from becoming big problems — and keep you, your family, and your belongings safe.

2. Helps you save time and money on future repairs

Major home repairs — especially those involving plumbing and heating — can be very expensive. Regular home maintenance helps you uncover and repair minor issues before they have the chance to grow into major, costly problems.

From a cost perspective, regular home maintenance is worth it many times over. Every dollar spent on maintenance can save you ten or more times its worth on home repairs. Consider this: a leaking pipe might cost you a few hundred dollars to repair. But a burst pipe that saturates interior/exterior walls and insulation? That could cost thousands of dollars in water damage cleanup and repair fees.

When it comes to taking care of your home, being proactive is key. Regular home maintenance will save you time and money — and prevent headaches — in the long run.

3. Increases your home's value

Because your home is likely your biggest investment, you probably hope to grow its value year over year, especially if you'd like to sell it one day for a profit.

If you let home maintenance issues — even minor ones — add up over the years, your dreams of a profitable resale might be dashed. Prospective home buyers are likely to notice issues during a walk-through. And even if they don't see them — their home inspector most certainly will. Truly, one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home is to maintain it properly.

4. Improves your overall living experience

We spend the majority of our time indoors — and much of that time we're at home. Shouldn't we be doing everything we can to make our home time pleasant and enjoyable? Living in a comfortable home where all systems and equipment are in good working order is a vastly better experience than the opposite.

Regularly maintaining your home means you won't have to deal with the inevitable annoyances (or worse — disasters) that accompany a poorly cared for home. Knowing that your home is "all systems go" provides peace of mind — and you can't put a price on that.

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