How to Extend the Life of Your Home and Allow It to Age Gracefully

How to Extend the Life of Your Home and Allow It to Age Gracefully

When you know you can settle into your home for many years to come, it makes you feel particularly comfortable and secure.  Your home is a great refuge, where you can relax and remove yourself from the stresses of work and everyday life.  You can incorporate any sort of decor or design into your home, knowing that it will stay with you for many years.

Unfortunately, not all homes are in a state where they can guarantee a long future, and homes can deteriorate due to poor maintenance and improper planning. There are many ways you can extend the life of our home, however, and here are a few tips for enabling your home to age gracefully:

  • Check and repair any damage as soon as possible. No matter how minimal the problem is, if you take the time to repair it before it becomes too big, you will guarantee a longer lasting home. Gradual deterioration of a house starts with small damage, so address issues as soon as possible.
  • Paint your home every 5 years. This will add a new layer of protection to your home and keep it looking fresh and alive.  You can hire someone to pain your home exterior, or you can do the job yourself to avoid labor costs.
  • Open your home interior to possible repurposing. Your family’s needs are constantly changing, depending on how many children you have, how old they are, and if you have older family members move back in with you, etc. Take the time to repurpose old rooms to accommodate the needs of every family member.  That may mean turning a spare room into a nursery or transforming a guest room into an office. This way, you are able to address all of your needs without having to move to a bigger house.
  • Constantly keep everything clean.  This does not only apply to your rooms and floors, but also to hidden corners or unexposed spaces. You need to regularly clean your chimney, garage, and gutters to keep them working properly and prevent easily avoidable damage due to dirt accumulation.
  • Renovate your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to your walls or rearrange your living room furniture. You can also even add a deck or mini-porch to your backyard.  These renovation projects will beautify your home and also make you feel more comfortable and at ease inside your house.

Extending the life of your home is an investment worth making. Not only will you be able to maintain a beautiful home that you can enjoy long term, but it will help preserve memories for generation to come.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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