Purchasing a house is probably the biggest financial investment you’ll make in your life. To be a better homeowner, here are some tips to help you with maintenance, safety, and the upkeep of your property.

Change the Direction of Ceiling Fans

You’ll be able to heat and cool your home more efficiently if you change the rotation on your ceiling fans twice each year. Use the ceiling fans to circulate temperature-controlled air in your home. Doing so will reduce the strain on your HVAC system and help extend its life expectancy.

Inspect Outlets to Be a Better Homeowner

Electrical issues in the home are dangerous. Pay attention to the outlets around your home. If the outlets feel hot to the touch, spark when plugging in an appliance, or emit an odor, call a professional electrician to troubleshoot and make repairs. There’s an electrical issue that needs to be fixed before it becomes a fire hazard.

Start a Neighborhood Watch

Looking out for your neighbors is a great way to get involved in your local community and be a better homeowner. Work with families around you to start a neighborhood watch. You can look out for each other, keep your home safe, and get to know your neighbors in the process.

Add Grout or Caulk

To help prevent leaks and water damage, some areas of your home will need to be re-caulked or grouted. Bathtubs, showers, and bathroom fixtures will experience wear and tear over time. Look for signs like mildew, peeling, or crumbling. Replace the caulk or grout in bathrooms when it starts to show these signs.

Be a Better Homeowner: Clean Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans work to remove odors, smoke, and humidity from your home. These fans go a long way in improving indoor air quality and helping to prevent mold growth. The fan needs to be cleaned to continue operating as efficiently as possible. At least yearly, remove the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans and clean them thoroughly. Some ventilation fans have filters, so check yours and replace the filters as necessary.

Improve Curb Appeal

Improving the exterior of your house is another way to be a better homeowner. Your neighbors will appreciate it because it adds appeal to the entire neighborhood. Here are some ideas to help you boost curb appeal:

  • Repaint the front door a bold color.
  • Install a new, attractive garage door.
  • Trim overgrown shrubs or trees.
  • Keep the lawn green and healthy.
  • Plant colorful flowers.
  • Use lighting to illuminate the yard at night.

Touch Up Exterior Paint to Be a Better Homeowner

Touching up the paint isn’t only about improving curb appeal. It also keeps wood rot and moisture from harming your home’s exterior. Even minor touch-ups protect your home’s structure and improve the overall look of your property.

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