How To Take Good Care Of Your Home
Did you know that the median price of real estate in Beverly Hills is around $3.54 million, with the most expensive homes going for an eye-watering $200 million? To put that into perspective, the average home price across the U.S is $200,000, meaning you could buy over 17 properties up and down the country for the price of one real estate in Beverly Hills. (Image Credit: Vita Vilcina /Unsplash)
That being said, there is one element of home ownership that resonates with all homeowners in every type of neighborhood: the importance of taking care of your home.
Whether you own a luxury property or you live in a standard American family home like millions of others across the country, you will want to do your very best to ensure that your property is cared for and maintained to the best possible standard.
Fortunately, this can be done without too much hassle or expertise, simply follow the below simple steps and you are guaranteed to have a home that will be the envy of your friends, family and neighbors alike.
Have a weekly maintenance routine
Although those who live in Beverly Hills are likely to have a whole team of maintenance workers, including landscape gardeners and general handymen, you should be able to carry out some simple home tasks yourself.
Chores that you may wish to add to your weekly maintenance routine include:
- Thoroughly vacuuming your carpets or mopping your wooden floors
- Clearing your garden of leaves and other debris
- Carrying out bathroom maintenance including repairing grouting or de-scaling the showerhead
- Freshening up your garden disposal
Take out home warranty
If you don’t already have home warranty coverage, now is the time to protect your home appliances. There is little point in ensuring that your home looks good if it doesn’t also serve its purpose, namely that you need your major appliances to be in good working order so that you can carry out your daily chores and your day to day living.
A home warranty is particularly important for high-end appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and washer/dryers, as these items can be costly to replace. Plus, they are essential for the smooth running of your household.
As a general rule, a home warranty will cover:
- All electrical systems such as lights and electronic appliances
- All plumbing systems (including garbage disposal)
- Heating and cooling systems
- Washers and dryers
- All kitchen appliances (oven, dishwasher, etc.)
Invest in security
It is incredibly important that you take adequate steps to protect your property, both for the investment side of owning a property and in order to safeguard your family.
Chances are that you may not be able to afford to hire a security consultant to create a bespoke security plan for your property like some celebrities can. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your place as safe as possible.
Ways in which you can secure your dwelling and deter burglars include:
- Installing a home security or alarm system
- Getting to know your neighbors
- Making sure you lock your windows and doors
- Installing lighting around the outside of your home
- Refusing to accept unsolicited help
Make your home more attractive
As well as ensuring that your home sweet home is functional and secure, you also want to make sure that it looks as aesthetically pleasing as possible, both for you and in case you want to sell your property in the future.
Curb appeal is vital in transforming your home from ordinary to extraordinary and can be massively improved by:
- Planting flowers or a well-placed tree
- Simple landscaping
- Painting the exterior
- Ensuring your fences/walls are in good repair
The appearance of your backyard is also important, with good landscaping having the ability to revolutionize any space, however big or small. Adding accessories to your backyard can help to connect your outdoor space with your interior, especially if you choose to coordinate themes.