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Buying a house in the spring: Don't forget the details!

Posted on Monday May 27, 2019

Buying a house in the spring: Don't forget the details!

Buying a house in the spring frequently means incurring certain expenses for maintenance work generally performed around the start of that season, not to mention the cost of lawn care or landscaping equipment. The following is a list of the main tasks you may need to look after once you’re finally settled into your new abode.


Inspect the exterior to help prevent interior damage

Water infiltration can cause major damage to your property. If you’ve just bought your house, then you probably have a detailed inspection report in hand to guide you in focusing your efforts on the issues posing the greatest risk. On the other hand, if the inspection was conducted during the winter while the house exterior and yard were covered in snow, then the inspector may not have been able to take a detailed look at some of the aspects of your property associated with the greatest risks, including the roof, foundation and exterior finishes. Walk around the outside of your house and take careful note of any visible cracks or other imperfections. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this or find any issues that look serious, bring in an expert. Repairing cracks in the foundation and replacing a few roof shingles or some damaged siding are simple and relatively inexpensive tasks that can help extend the useful life of a structure by many years.


Keep water away from the foundation to avoid letting moisture in

One basic rule of thumb for protecting the integrity of a home is to keep runoff water away. A good gutter system redirects water from the roof to a slightly inclined area away from the foundation. Keep your gutters clean by removing any accumulated leaves and repair any sections damaged by freezing weather. If your home isn’t equipped with a proper gutter system, get one installed. If you find that the slope of your property is too steep in places to fix with a few bags of gravel or soil, consult a landscaping expert.


Maintaining your property for maximum return on investment

Many first-time buyers forget to budget for buying the tools and equipment needed to maintain their property, from a lawn mower, hedge trimmer and leaf blower to the more traditional shovels, rakes and outdoor brooms. All of these tools are essential for keeping your property in tip-top condition! Many of these items can be found at good prices on websites like Kijiji. You may also be able to borrow equipment from a neighbour temporarily to avoid any unnecessary expenditures before you’ve clearly identified your needs. If your home has a swimming pool, then contact a local business to find out what tasks need to be performed at the start of the season. Preventive maintenance can also help extend the lifespan of key pool components, such as the liner and the filtration system.

Buying a property comes with new responsibilities. Protect your investment by defining a detailed maintenance plan and then following it season after season to help keep your home cozy and safe both inside and out!

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