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4 Exterior Home Inspections for Spring

Finally, the weather is at a point when it’s not as cold and wet as it was in the winter. That means it’s time to get some spring cleaning done and start inspecting your home for damage caused by fall and winter weather. Here are some tips on what to look out for this spring that may need your attention as soon as possible!

  1. Clean the Gutters: Your gutters should be cleaned out at least twice a year. Now is the time to rid your gutters of the fall and winter collection of leaves and gunk that have been left behind by rain and winds of the season. Keeping your gutters filled with debris could cause damage to your gutters and will put a hole in your pocket. Plan on cleaning them before the heavy rains of the spring come in.
  2. Inspect Your Roof: While inspecting your roof for damage caused by winter winds, look for curled or missing shingles, cracked caulk, or deteriorating roof flashing. If you see signs of damage, call a maintenance professional to help with repairs. Repairing a roof by yourself could be dangerous.
  3. Repaint Your Home: Keep painted areas of your home in good repair by scraping off chipped and peeling paint. If you spot exposed wood, it needs to be covered in a fresh coat of paint as soon as possible or it will start to rot. Begin with a good exterior pressure wash on your house and then look for any chips in the paint.
  4. Clean Foundation Vents: Homes with a crawl space has vents alongside the foundation walls, which provide air circulation that helps dissipate excess moisture and prevents the spreading of mold. Vents also help with preventing critters from entering underneath your house. Remove leaves and other debris with a shop vacuum and replace if you see damage as soon as possible or you may start hearing rats crawling about at night.

If you are in need of a professional for exterior home repair, call Liberty Builders today. We offer a free in-home consultation!

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Homeowners Spend $2,000/Yearly on Maintenance

The cost of homeownership is more than just a monthly mortgage on the home of your dreams. Along with the down payment, insurance, utilities, a new homeowner is also shelling out money for home maintenance services in order to keep it running smoothly month to month.

According to Bankrate.com, homeowners on average spend $2,000 a year on home maintenance, which includes landscaping, housekeeping, and plumbing services. Additionally, 63 percent of homeowners use at least one recurring home maintenance provider while another 35 percent use at least two!

Homeowners tend to spend the most on housekeeping at $285 per month, followed by homeowner’s association dues, and landscaping. The next most popular services were home security systems, pool care, snow removal, septic service, and trash and recycling collection services.

With that being said, owning a home is not cheap! Homeowners have to prepare for major repairs, such as roof leaks or blown-out air conditioners. Budgets need to be set for property taxes, which can cost over $200 each month. Maintenance services are convenient and will save time but they are a detriment to a homeowner’s bank account if the budget does not exist.

To avoid running into a financial crisis, Liberty Builders recommends two important factors for maintenance costs:

  • Create a home maintenance fund to go along with other savings accounts and avoid using credit cards or loans for unexpected home repair costs.
  • Make better short-term and long-term housing decisions by factoring in the $2,000 estimated maintenance costs when deciding if buying a house is affordable.

Agents should focus their clients toward homes they can comfortably afford, however that is not always the case. Ask an agent to help with this dilemma when house hunting.

At Liberty Builders, you can rely on reasonably cost effective services for your exterior home. We will even throw in a free in-home consultation and take you step-by-step on costs to avoid a hole in your wallet.