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Here are the DIY Basics on maintaining the value of a home.

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Step 1

Tools & Materials

Weatherproofing for doors and windows
Flexible, stainless steel appliance hoses
Moisture-proof, interior paint
Paint tray
Online spread sheet
Exterior house paint

Step 2

Tips for Maintaining the Value of a Home

1. Weatherproof doors and windows and clean gutters to prevent water and moisture damage.

2. Replace rubber hoses on appliances with flexible, stainless steel hoses to help prevent leaks.

3. Paint basement walls and floor with moisture-proof paint to help stop mold, mildew, and moisture damage.

4. Budget $500 per month to pay for major repairs like roof, plumbing, and electrical wiring.

5. Upgrade kitchen appliances and cabinets regularly.

6. Keep exterior siding and trim well painted and power-washed.

7. Keep lawn healthy and trees and shrubs trimmed.

8. Put in flagstone walks and lampposts to increase curb appeal.

9. Make sure your home measures up to neighborhood renovations.

Pro Tip

Americans sell their homes, on average, every 9 years*. This means maintaining the value of yours is critical to your investment.

Even new cabinet doors and hardware can help maintain the value of a home.

*National Association of Realtors® 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers