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Monday, December 29, 2014

Make it a Priority

With the start of a new year, it's always a good idea to assess your home and its needs. Taking stock of appliances, home systems, and other items that make a house a home will help guide you to home improvements needed, appliances that may be near the end of their lives, and any other updates that can help to boost your home's worth. As we close out 2014, the agents and staff at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty, will present to you a list of major home systems to evaluate in the New Year in an effort to bring you peace of mind. Be sure to check our blog daily for this important list, and remember, the best way to keep up to date regarding the latest news and information regarding our communities, is to subscribe to our blog…thank you.

Many homeowners have home safety and preparedness at the top of their priority list, and the New Year stands as the perfect time to discover what improvements and fixes your home will need in the coming months. Other items to look at in a new year:

·         If you're in an area that is known to have inclement weather, make sure you have proper snow removal equipment and have alternative energy options in case of power outages
·         January is also a great month for reviewing warranties and product information on a furnace, large appliances, and any other big ticket items in the home


Preventative maintenance will not only save you money and keep your home safe, but houses that do not keep up with maintenance have been known to lose up to 10% to 12% off their appraised value. The US Census has estimated that annual maintenance can cost between 1% and 3% of a home's initial costs dependent upon the geographic location of the home. With the New Year, getting a head start on yearly to dos, and anticipating yearly maintenance, will put you ahead of the issues and have you prepared for any upcoming and unforeseen fixes.

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