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Home Maintenance Tips From Your Inspector

As licensed and certified Long Island real estate inspectors (Including Suffolk County, Nassau County and the entire NYS) here in Long Island, New York we have the pleasure of entering and seeing many brilliant and beautiful homes on a daily basis. I consider it one of the awesome perks of the job to be able to see some of these houses, it is truly amazing!

We have been providing inspection services for years and one of the things that I am also taken aback by so many times on the job is how some of these homes are so poorly taken care of. Most of the time in life, our homes will be the biggest investment that we ever make and if you take care of it, it will take care of you in return.

In the same fashion that brushing our teeth, eating healthily and working out can dramatically improve our health and the quality of our life, doing some simple maintenance and upkeep on our homes can do wonders for not only it’s look and feel but also in keeping everything running like a well oiled machine.

The following article by makingdiyfun.com outlines 12 home maintenance tips to keep things running smoothly:

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12 Home Maintenance Tips To Keep Things Running Smoothly.

Just like your precious car, your house and your property needs some fine tuning. It’s a little time consuming, but your house will look nicer, and run more efficiently, saving you time and money in the long run.

To help you start with your home maintenance tasks, here is a simple checklist.

Hopefully you gained some value from the above article and were able to take away some actionable tips on how you can better maintain your home. If you are a new home owner you might be a little overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of responsibility that owning your own home can be, read the full info here on what is included in your inspection so you know what to pay attention to.

Don’t worry though, because with every great responsibility comes tremendous reward. Just think of how nice it will feel on Sunday afternoon after a long week’s work and you have finished all your responsibilities. The house is clean and taken care of, the lawn is mowed, the oil guy just left after delivering your oil and all is well with the world. Now you can sit back and truly enjoy the fruits of your labor.

This article is not only meant for the new homeowners that need a crash course on maintaining their homes. It is our hope that we can provide some value and actionable information as well as gentle reminders for the long time homeowners as well. The following Youtube video has some really great tips on maintaining your home:

Maintaining Your New Home

We are so very lucky in this modern age to be able to have just about all the information we could ever want and need literally at our fingertips. The internet contains a plethora of information that can answer just about any question that a homeowner might have. There are some absolutely wonderful forums and communities out there such as thisoldhouse.com and diychatroom.com where you can ask questions and get them answered by experts who have been through exactly what you are looking to do or accomplish. How great is that!?

Another great tool for maintaining your home and tips on caring for it properly is an age old secret. It involves dealing face to face with the experts. In this case I’m not talking about home inspectors and home improvement people at all. I’m talking about your older relatives, your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and/or really anyone who has owned their own home for a significant amount of time. With this time comes experience, experience that you can learn from, make it a point to pick their brain or discuss some home maintenance things with them, you might be surprised by their answers!

Also, depending upon where you live you will need different tips, tricks and techniques involved with proper maintenance on your home that is specific to the area that you live in. For example, taking care of and maintaining a home in Hawaii would naturally be night and day different to maintaining a home in the pacific northwest.

There also major differences that come with each season and things will need to be done differently accordingly. With winter here we thought it would be appropriate to expand on some winters home maintenance tips. The following is a great article on winter home maintenance tips:

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Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Preparing your home for winter is an important annual ritual for homeowners. For instance, did you know that adding insulation in your attic before winter arrives can help prevent ice dams this winter? And do not forget that tuning up your heating system now can help prevent more costly emergency repairs at the height of a storm, when it can be difficult to find supplies and licensed contractors. The following winter maintenance tips can help you prepare your home to withstand another cold season.

We hope that you will find this post helpful to you no matter where you are in your life or how long you have been a homeowner.

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