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Maintaining Your Home Investment

(BPT) - Home ownership is an important investment that can create both a sense
of pride and a place in the world that is all your own. While the investment in
purchasing or building your own home is sizeable, letting your home fall into
disrepair can be even more costly. However, home maintenance doesn't have to be
a daunting task. By following a few simple steps and making maintenance a
regular activity, you'll not only preserve the quality of your home, but you'll
likely save money over the long term.

Keep a regular maintenance schedule

Whether you've just moved in or have lived in your home for decades, it's
important to establish a regular routine to maintain your home. Some tasks
should be checked off the list regularly, while others are more seasonal. Start
a list or put reminders on your calendar for these important to-dos:

  • Regularly test fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and
         carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Replace air filters for heating and cooling systems
         according to owner's manuals.

  • Schedule regular furnace and water heater maintenance.

  • Check electrical outlets to ensure proper function.

  • Weatherproof doors and windows according to the season.

  • Don't underestimate regular cleaning to keep your home
         in top shape.

Invest in items that protect your investments:

Regular home maintenance is worth your while and certain investments can ensure
your home remains in top shape for years to come. There are many different
products designed to help you maintain your home investment by making it easier
to clean, protect, update and more. For example, if pets are part of your
family, investing in a great vacuum can help keep your house pet hair free,
while a home security system will help ensure your home and possessions are protected
at all times.

If you're building a new home or remodeling, consider products designed to
maintain your investments. For example, KraftMaid's CoreGuard sink base, an
engineered polymer cabinet interior, is designed to protect from leaks and
spills that commonly occur under the sink. Available through dealers, Lowe's or
The Home Depot, CoreGuard offers a simple solution to protect cabinetry for the
long term.

What's on the outside counts too.

While you may experience the benefits of interior maintenance more regularly,
outdoor maintenance is just as important in taking care of your home. Tasks
like making sure gutters are clear and siding is clean and damage-free help
ensure that the exterior of your home stays beautiful. Strategic landscaping
can help with heating or cooling costs by allowing light in or providing shade
where needed. It can also help by diverting water away from the house to avoid
leaks or damage. Additionally, an investment in the exterior of your house can
enhance the curb appeal and make it a joy to come home to every day.