April 6, 2018 | Bob Myers
While it's not a dramatic renovation project, regular home maintenance will help you maintain your home's value. In fact, proper maintenance actually increases the value  of a house by about 1 percent each year, according to research from the University of Connecticut and Syracuse University.  
Here are some strategies for keeping on track:

Focus on Enemy No. 1: Moisture
Slowly  and insidiously, water can attack your house and wreak havoc with your  home.  Check and clear your gutters seasonally.  Make sure your windows  and doors are caulked to stave off moldy invaders.  Check all  water-related appliances, like your fridge, water heater, HVAC and sump  pump.  Don't wait on fixing leaky faucets; the drips you see may be eroding the hidden pipes.

Optimize your home's energy
Lowering your energy bill saves you money every month and higher efficiency will  be a selling point when you list your home.  Hire a pro to inspect your furnace every year, and be sure to replace filters regularly.  Clean and replace filters on your AC unit, as well.

Keep your curb appeal
Your home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers see when they visit your house, so maintaining it is key to protecting your investment.  Keep hedges and trees trimmed neatly to improve aesthetics, and also  prevent debris from clogging drainage and damaging your home's exterior.  Power wash decks, driveways and walkways to fight mold and slippery buildup and keep them looking new.

Keep a schedule
Use  a home maintenance app like BrightNest to help you keep up with maintenance tasks.  Tasks can also help you keep records you can show  potential buyers.

Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing in the Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at  301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.


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