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Four Things You Must Fix In Your Home

Four Things You Must Fix In Your Home

We all want our homes to be our castles, right? We want to live in houses and apartments that we feel proud of and that we enjoy coming home to – there’s nothing as good when you’re on the way home from work as the idea of curling up on your couch in your own space and flipping your TV on. There’s something magical and delightful about having a space that’s your own. It’s important, then, to make sure that it’s in good condition. Here are some things you must fix, if you haven’t already…

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Your Insulation

If your house is a little too cold then it’s a good idea to take a look at your insulation. A lot of heat can escape your house thanks to inadequate insulation which means that your energy bills will be pushed up way higher than they need to be. If you don’t want to get someone in to repair your insulation then you can always buy wadding at your local hardware store and add it to your roof so less warmth escapes through it.

Your Security System

One of the most important things about your home is that you feel safe and secure in it, so it’s crucial to make sure that you have a good home security system. If you don’t already have an alarm installed then get that done as quickly as you can – and make sure that it’s obvious from the outside of your house that you have an alarm. Make sure that all your windows and doors close tight and can’t be broken into, and ensure that you lock each of them every night. If you have the time and space and love to spare then why not consider getting a dog for extra added protection and security?

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Your Animal Issues

One of the worst things you can encounter in your home is a deluge from unwanted creatures, whether that’s a wasp’s nest in your attic, mice in your kitchen or termites in the walls. Get any termite extermination done by the experts – as much as you might want to do it yourself it’s important that you get rid of them and the experts will be much better at that than you are. Make sure that you don’t leave food out in your kitchen if you have a rodent problem, and start to set out traps for the mice – you can get humane ones so they don’t die.

Your Boiler

In winter, your boiler becomes even more crucial than it is during the rest of the year. For a lot of people it provides your central heating as well as your hot water and if you don’t have either of those things then not only will you be freezing cold at home but you’ll also have the incredible inconvenience of having to shower at the gym – and no one at all wants that! Make sure that your boiler is serviced regularly and make sure that you always have a sum of money set aside in case it needs to be replaced.

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Thinking Of Selling? How To Survive The Home Inspection

Thinking Of Selling? How To Survive The Home Inspection

When you are selling your house not only do you have to think about making it look like a show home but you also have to think about the home inspection. Fail that, and you’re likely not to have a buyer anyway. At a home inspection, your home will be surveyed from top to bottom, with all the nooks and crannies being thoroughly checked for any problems. Home inspections are carried out to protect the buyer from any unforeseen problems in the investment. And in the US nearly four out of five homes sold have had a home inspection. Curious to know what some of the biggest problems in your home could be? Read on to find out how to survive the home inspection.

Dress Up Your Home

Before the home inspection, the best thing you can do is dress up your home so it looks the best it can be. This means sparkling clean windows, carpets, and curtains. Check exterior steps for any loose bits and fill in any cracks in the interior walls. Also give you home a fresh coat of paint if possible. Before the home inspection repair disconnected or rotting gutters and clear them of leaves. Go through your house with a fine tooth comb. It may be that you need to fix your blocked toilet or get the oven professionally cleaned. It could be that you have a dripping faucet that needs repairing or your heating and cooling systems need a service. Make sure to address all these points before a home inspection to show your house off in tip top shape.

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The Roof

Sometimes it could be your roof that causes issues with the home inspection. It may be that you simply need to fix a few loose tiles or it could be that the whole roof needs replacing. Usually, if there is a problem, the repair will be negotiated after the inspection. It will be up to both seller and buyer to work out who is willing to pay for what.

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The Windows

Another issue that can come up at inspection are problems with the windows in your home. It could be that they don’t open properly, that they have bad seals or are leaking, or that they cause a large amount of condensation. If it’s small problems like small gaps near seals, the issue can be fixed at home using chaulk. However, if you need to replace windows, it is going to be a costly job. But if you don’t, your buyer may pull out during the home inspection. It’s worth weighing up the pros and cons.

Interior Problems

The home inspection can also bring to light issues inside your house. These can be electrical problems such as bad wiring or heating problems such as out of date thermostats or old HVAC systems. There will also be an assessment on your plumbing to make sure there are no old or leaking pipes or badly running hot water heaters. Try and resolve all of these issues before the home inspection. Because once you are at this stage you are likely to be accepting the lowest price you are willing to reach. And the buyer is also likely to be at the highest price he wants to go to as well.

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