Owning a home means different things to different people. For many people, buying a home is an aspiration, the very epitome of the American dream. For some, it’s a way to build wealth while some invest in different properties for long-term profits. Regardless of what buying a home means to you, every homeowner loves the benefits that come with having their own space.
When it comes to buying a home, many people only think about the financial implications. While you can’t buy a home without enough credit, there’s a completely different aspect of home ownership that many people fail to consider – maintenance.
Maintaining a home is no easy task. It can be very expensive and time-consuming. From something as ‘trivial’ as a leaky faucet to something as significant as roof repair or replacement, maintaining a home seems to be a never-ending and difficult task.
But owning a home doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a number of steps you can take to make your life easier as a homeowner. You’ve achieved your dream of owning your home and you deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor. H
Consider Home Warranty
Since unexpected repairs are part of the package that comes with owning a house, then wouldn’t it be nice to have broken components fixed in a timely manner and at discounted costs? Enter home warranty. The entire idea behind home warranty is to have discounted repairs and replacements on major components such as HVAC, swimming pools, plumbing, refrigerators, furnace, washers/dryers, electrical systems and so on.
The aforementioned components aren’t usually covered by homeowner insurance and when they do, they just don’t meet the policy’s deductible. This makes home warranty highly complementary to homeowners’ insurance while giving you the rest of mind that any damaged component can be repaired or replaced affordably.
Knowing the full home warranty coverage and signing up with a reputable company is the key getting the best out of home warranties. Some bad players in the scene use the ‘improper maintenance clause’ to deny valid claims, so it’s important you read and digest the terms and conditions before signing on.
Upgrade Your Storage
Take a look around your home. Is there clutter around? Is there any space that looks disorganized? Don’t feel too bad as you are just like most people out there. But it doesn’t mean you have to remain that way. You can regain control by upgrading your storage.
The main reason why most people have a clutter problem is too much stuff. You just keep buying things whether you need them or not. Another reason is lack of simple organization systems and upgrading your storage and having a place for everything and keeping everything is place is the solution you need.
You may not be consciously aware, but clutter has an effect on your mental health as it can increase stress levels. Get rid of clutter and you’ll feel more comfortable and in control in your home. Another benefit of upgrading your storage is that you regain space in your home.
Your valuables are also well-protected, and you have access to your stuff when you need them.
Make Your Home Energy Efficient
This is one of the best improvements you can make to your home. By making your home more energy efficient, you are reducing your impact on the environment while paying less for utilities like electricity and water.
Energy-efficient upgrades to make in your home include energy-efficient lighting and solar panels. When it comes to energy-efficient lighting, LEDs are the go-to option. Solar panels are another great energy-efficient upgrade although it comes with a high initial investment. Be careful not to go overboard with bigger installations and not only will you make your home more valuable, but you’ll also pay significantly less for electricity each month.
Other energy-efficient options for your home include smart home technology that allows you control smart thermostat, smart air conditioner, smart air purifiers, and so on from the comfort of your smartphone even when you are outside your home. There is also the option of buying Energy Star rated appliances that uses less power compared to conventional products.
Remodel Inefficient Spaces
This has to do with the layout and design of your home. Consider your kitchen for example. Is the design comfortable for cooking and cleaning? Do you have easy access to pots, spices, and other ingredients when making a meal? Where is the fridge located? Do you need to travel a thousand miles to get something from the refrigerator whenever you are in the kitchen?
The key is to ensure your space is designed for comfort and convenience. This also applies to your bedroom, living room, and other spaces in your home.