Maintaining Your Calgary Home to Retain Value

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If you live in Alberta, you’ve almost certainly come across articles discussing the housing market for 2015 and how falling oil prices will affect it after a hugely successful 2014. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to maintain your home properly so that if the time comes that you want to sell it, you will get the best return on your sale. Just as we need yearly check-ups at the doctor or we get our cars tuned up, there’s a yearly checklist for maintaining your home and retaining its value.
Here are 8 ways to make sure your home is in tip-top shape each year:
1. Kitchen maintenance: At least once a year you should be checking for leaks in your kitchen. These are most likely to occur around the dishwasher and under the sink. Not only can these leaks damage the structure of your home, they can cause harmful mold to grow. Ensure the grout is in good condition to prevent leaks.
2.Bathrooms: Like kitchens, bathrooms are prone to leaks. Ensure that the grout around tiles is secure so water can not get in or around places it shouldn’t be (like behind walls!)
3. Smoke alarms/Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Check the instructions for battery changes in your home alarms (most are at least once a year) and make sure this is done regularly to keep your family and your home safe!
4. Air conditioning/heating: If your heating and cooling systems have filters, they need to be changed at least every year to continue working efficiently. Not only will this make sure the air in your home is ideal, it will save you money on energy bills!
5. Attic: Rodents and other pests tend to be found in the attic if they have invaded your home. These pests will often chew wires which can cause electrical fires so it is very important to remove them. Check for signs of them in your attic at least every year because the sooner you find out, the easier it will be to get rid of them. While you’re up there, check for cracks and leakage as well.
6. Basement: Houses settle over time and the foundation in which they lay shifts. That means, even if your home is decades old and you’ve never had leakage in the basement, it may start as the foundation shifts. Look for cracks and uneven surfaces in your basement because that is usually the first sign there’s leakage on the way!
7. Exterior: Touch up any painted areas that have begun to fade. This will prevent you from having to do a bigger job down the road. If you have bricks on the exterior, replace any fallen ones. Power wash your driveway/patio/front entrance and have your windows professionally cleaned. If you have stucco on your home and find any cracks big enough to fit a nickel in, they need to be repaired.
8. Roof: If you have a shingled roof and any are missing or sticking up, it’s important to have them fixed. Damaged shingles can allow water into your home and are also unsightly. Have a roofing company inspect for you and determine what needs to be done. It’s also a good idea to clean your gutters each year!
What else do you do every year to maintain your home? Let us know!

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