Your home may be the biggest investment you ever make, so it’s important to take care of regular maintenance tasks to boost curb appeal and improve your property value. Here are a few easy ways to be a better homeowner.

Be a Better Homeowner by Improving Curb Appeal

Enhancing your home’s curb appeal gives visitors and potential buyers a positive impression. Some of the ways to improve curb appeal include:

  • painting or pressure-washing the siding
  • landscaping
  • adding flowers to the garden beds
  • improving exterior lighting

Keep the exterior of your home clean. Tidy the walkway and driveway. Take care of minor repairs, like replacing a damaged shutter, and major issues like having the roof replaced when necessary.

Boost Energy-Efficiency

Energy-efficient homes are desirable because they save the homeowner money on utility bills. Lower monthly bills mean you have more money to put into home improvement projects or add to your savings. To improve the energy efficiency of your home install LED light bulbs, use ceiling fans to help manage the temperature indoors, change the HVAC filter regularly, and add insulation to the attic.

Take Care of Maintenance to Be a Better Homeowner

Even a brand new home will require upkeep and maintenance to keep it in good shape. Make time in your schedule, or hire professionals, to handle maintenance around your home. Keep the lawn mowed, have the chimney inspected, inspect for termites, and keep the household appliances clean.

Have a Safer Home

To be a good homeowner, make sure your house is safe for family and guests. Test the smoke detectors monthly to verify they’re working. Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor of the house. Keep first-aid kits in easy-to-reach areas. Make sure handrails on steps are securely fastened in place. Order a test for radon gas and install a mitigation system if necessary.

Improve Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting boosts your property’s safety and lowers the risks of accidents and injuries. To save energy, invest in solar options. Solar-powered stake lights are inexpensive and simple to install. Use them to line the front walkway and the path to the backyard deck. Landscape lighting is more difficult to install, but it will illuminate the yard and accentuate your flower beds and property.

Inspect It Neil Home Inspections offers inspection services to customers in New Jersey. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment.