If your house could talk . . .


it would probably say something like this . . .

“Help me . . . help you. Help me, help you.”

When people talk about real estate, the first phrase that comes to mind is usually “location, location, location.” While I find this to be absolutely true, if “location” is number one on the list, then home maintenance is number two (although annoying neighbors can supercede number two at anytime depending on distasteful yard-art, lack of lawn care, cars on blocks, etc). Anyway, when general home maintenance is neglected, it is at the expense of not only the quality of your home, but at the expense of the quantity of your dollars you can expect to net from the sale of your house.

So in addition to the old adage, “location, location, location,” I think I would like to add a new buzz-phrase to real estate — courtesy of Jerry Maguire (in the locker-room and very much at the end of his rope talking to an air-drying, prima dona wide-receiver Rod Tidwell). “Help me . . . help you. Help me, help you.”

As the inventory of homes available for sale increases, buyers become more demanding (supply goes up, demand stays the same, prices go down — so said my 9th grade economics teacher) and more demanding buyers will usually call on more demanding home inspectors . . . and more demanding home inspectors can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. And, hey, if you are going to end up paying for the repairs anyways, why not do some of them while you are in the house so you can enjoy them.

Bottom line — help yourself, help your house, help your bank account.

For a great calendar of “to-do’s” to help keep your home in great shape, check out this list of monthly home maintenance ideas.



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