There will be nothing in your life that you spend more money on than your home. It dwarves the cost of every other purchase you’ll make, by a degree that’s too large to calculate. As such, it’s important that you take steps to ensure that the investment is protected. There’s nothing worse than getting a valuation of your home and finding out that it’s worth less than what you paid for it. Once you’re in that situation, it can be difficult to get to a point where it’s worth more. Fortunately, protecting your home doesn’t require anything overly complicated. You just need to follow some simple rules. Below, we take a look at some of the things that can move your home’s value in the wrong direction.
Too Much Personality
You don’t want to own a house; you want to have a home. And to achieve that, you need to make it feel like it’s “yours.” but, as with most things in life, you can take this too far. If your home is infused with too much of your personality, then no-one else is going to be interested in buying it. And remember that a house is only worth anything if people want to buy it! So don’t go overboard. Making the space homey is one thing; painting the exterior a flamboyant colour is another thing entirely.
Under the Floorboards
Your home could look, on the surface, like a beautiful, well-maintained home, but there’s more to a house than the cosmetic side. If you’re got rodents, insects, or birds living on your property, then your home’s value is going to move in the wrong direction. So take care of the issue as soon as you spot the signs of an infestation by calling a company that specialises in pest control. Remember, any issue that’s lying under the floorboards or behind the walls will come out sooner rather than later. As well as pests, you’ll need to keep an eye out for any signs of mould, which can be difficult to get rid of once it’s taken hold, but is relatively easy to remove if the affected area is only small.
You’ll be well-served by learning the basics of home maintenance. There are a million and one minor issues that can go wrong in a house. Individually, they pose no problem. Add them all up, and you’ve got issues! If you’re able to take care of the problems as and when they arise, you’ll be able to stay on top of your home’s maintenance. Home buyers love homes that require little work other than implementing their own decor choices.
The Local Area
People think their home is at the mercy at the desirability of the neighbourhood in which it’s located. This is true to a degree, but remember that you’re also part of your local area, and have a say in how it’s being run. If things are taking a downward turn, then get together with like-minded people and see what can be done.
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