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Home Improvement  /  May 11, 2021

Home Upkeep Blunders First-time-Homeowners Need to Avoid

You recently moved into your first home and can’t wait to decorate the place as you wish. Now that you own a house and can do everything you want with it, it is important not to forget the importance of home upkeep. The house may be newly built and you could be lucky enough to be its first owner. But that does not mean you can already postpone home maintenance. If you want to get the most out of your home investment, make sure you do your part in maintaining the house.

If you’ve been renting before, you were able to enjoy hassle-free home maintenance. When something goes wrong, all you need to do is call your landlord and let him do the rest. But now that you are a homeowner, you are responsible for everything, including the maintenance and repairs.

To help you avoid costly consequences caused by poor home upkeep, make sure youdon’tmake the following rookie mistakes.


You may have a million other responsibilities on your to-do list. But that does not mean you should stall when it comes to your home upkeep tasks. Procrastinating will only increase the number of your maintenance tasks and can increase your impending expenses.

As much as possible, stick to a home maintenance schedule. This will give you enough time to check what parts of your homenowrequire maintenance or repair. The earlier you know what the problem areas are, the earlier you can fix them and the lower your expenses will be.

Don’t forget to keep tabs on any signs of future breakdowns and impending tune-ups. For instance, you just had a new fireplace installed.Ensure you take note of the dates when you need licensed technicians to check on this to ensure your home feels warm andcozyespecially during the colder months.


It is true that sometimes, DIY maintenance and repairs can save you money. You get to eliminate professional fees in fixing broken parts of the house. But then, blindly doingDIYswithout having any clue will only give you more headaches in the future.

There are projects better left in the hands of the pros. This is especially true if the repair or maintenance tasks can result in an even bigger bill. Think of any project where you can end up seriously hurt or can cause fire or water damage.

Remember that DIY guides online are only meant to give you a better understanding of how you can do certain tasks the right way. But nothing can replace professional home services. Think of home upkeep as an investment that sometimes requires the services of the pros.

Ignoring the Long-termResults

Some home maintenance projects require permanent renovations. But before you commit to anything permanent, make sure you think long-term. The last thing you need is to make permanent changes you are not even sure about keeping for a longperiod of time.

For instance, you want to create a space for your home office. Instead of finishing the basement in a way that can only cater to your home office needs, consider temporary projects to make a comfortable space for work. This will make it easier for you to rearrange the room however you like and use the space for something else in case you change your mind.

The same goes for your other remodeling projects. Remember that it is easier to update yourdecor than install kitchen cabinets, change your railing, or room addition. Think long term, weigh the pros and cons, and always include your future plans before you renovate.

Lazy Home Maintenance, Repair, orInstallation

Some homeowners would be on time when maintaining the house. But then, not doing something the right way the first time is the same as not doing it at all. Homeowners should never settle for a good-enough job when there are ways to ensure excellent home maintenance, repair, or system installation.

Lazy home maintenance, DIY repairs that require professional home services, and even reckless installations can result in bigger costs. You are better off doing these three the right way even if it meant hiring the pros to do these for you. Avoid settling for “okay” jobs when you can do this the right and professional way the first time.

The next time you need to maintain or fix anything, make sure you do them the right way. Use the right tools and equipment and hire professionals if needed. Remember that the best way to maintain your property’s value is with the right resources.

No one said homeownership is easy. After putting in ahugeamount of investment, there is a need to confront home upkeep head-on. You can’t expect the property to maintain its great shape f you don’t do your part. So, avoid these costly home upkeep mistakes and you can enjoy your investment for more years to come.

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