Doing your seasonal home maintenance checks
PUBLISHED 29 FEB 2020
Your home is one of the biggest and most important investments you’ll ever make - and keeping it in top condition is essential.
Any property, especially a Cape Town home that has to weather our province’s unpredictable winds and long winters, needs to be maintained regularly. Here’s how you can schedule your home maintenance year-round to maximise the value of your home.
Maintenance - it makes sense on so many levels
What’s the benefit of keeping your home in good condition? There are so many - but here are a few of the big ones.
- Maximum value and ease of sale - a home that’s in good shape will sell faster and at a better price.
- Damage prevention - taking care of a small leak before it causes damage to your roof or stopping rising damp in its tracks will save you a fortune in repairs over the years.
- It looks amazing, and you’ll love every minute of living in a home that’s in top condition.
The benefits of maintaining your home far outweigh the costs of doing some routine repairs now and then - and yet, most of us have a maintenance backlog.
The solution? A maintenance schedule. Here’s how to create one for your home.
A little monthly maintenance pays off
As a homeowner, you’ll find that some maintenance tasks are suited to certain times of the year. Here are some maintenance tasks you can schedule on an annual basis.
- Spring - this is a great time for home painting and wooden door maintenance as the winter rains give way to warmer weather. It’s also a good time for pool maintenance ahead of the summer.
- Summer - our dry Cape summers are ideal roof maintenance weather, with a low chance of rain and water damage
- Autumn - this is a good time to clear your gutters and prepare your home for the wet winter season. It’s also time to damp-proof your home if you haven’t done so already.
- Winter - the cold, wet winters aren’t an ideal time for outdoor home maintenance, but you can take advantage of the rains to landscape and prepare your garden for spring. It’s also a good time to get some interior maintenance done.
Before you get started with home maintenance, you’ll want to ensure that you have a budget in place. In general, this amount should be around 2% of your home’s value - or R20 000 for a residential property valued at R 1 million.
A well-maintained home is always easy to market to prospective buyers. If you’d like to sell your home, contact the Cape Realty team today. Our property professionals are waiting to assist you.