In Arizona, house prices have continued to rise recently, outstripping the national average. This may be good news if you’re thinking of selling your home. However as prices go up. so do the expectations of buyers, and it’s important not to get complacent about keeping your home in good condition. Whether you are preparing your home for sale or simply want to keep it running efficiently and retain its value, keeping a check on the outside of your home is essential. The exterior provides the first impression and curb appeal will always help attract buyers. However, as well improving the look of your home, keeping on top of external maintenance and repairs will avoid deeper structural problems which can damage your home and any potential future sale.
Roofs and Gutters
Water damage to homes from rainfall is a common feature of home inspections but can easily be prevented. Rather than waiting for water marks to appear on your ceiling, regular roof inspections will identify broken or missing tiles, signs of sagging or any damage to flashing. Well maintained guttering is essential to divert water away from foundations and stop it from penetrating masonry or wooden sidings. Although falling leaves is not a big problem in Arizona, to keep them functioning properly gutters need to be kept clear of all debris such as birds nests or seeding plants which can cause blockages.
If the exterior of your home has been affected by water, external cleaning can prevent or remove mold, mildew, algae from infiltrating wood in the home and causing more serious structural damage. A coat of exterior paint or sealant will improve the appearance of your home and it will also protect bare wood and sidings, not only from moisture penetration but also from the high heat and powerful UV rays of the Arizona sunshine.
Efficient Doors and Windows
A freshly painted door and sparkling windows help your home to make a good first impression but, if they are also performing properly, they will protect your home from extremes of weather, noise and pests and help regulate the internal temperature efficiently. Weather stripping, putty and caulking should all be inspected regularly and can be easily replaced if they are worn or damaged.
Without good preventative care, it is easy for a home to deteriorate. By regularly examining and maintaining the outside of your home, you can identify and deal with potential problems early. This not only keeps your home running efficiently but also protects its value for when the time comes to sell.