Find The Home To Fit Your Plans Today & Tomorrow

Finding the ‘right’ property for you and your loved ones isn’t something you can do without a lot of thought. Today, while you’re still saving for your down-payment, look at your present situation and think about where you want to be in the future. Try to envision the type of life you want to be living in five or ten years. Let that vision guide you while you’re considering the type of home you ultimately will want to buy.

Are you the sort of person who must be part of the action? Then a stand-alone house in a distant subdivision might not be the best option. For you a city center condominium or townhome might be the perfect fit. If you’re the sort who enjoys being a hands-on owner or have dreams of gardening or tending lush flower beds, then a high-rise tower isn’t for you. In your case a home with a yard would be the perfect match. Perhaps your long-range plans include running a business or you might even have a desire to operate a hobby farm – for you a home with acreage would be ideal.

You get the idea. Each situation will be as distinctive and individual as the people involved. Here are a few things to consider when planning your dream home. If you’re a young couple perhaps the thought of a family isn’t in the cards right now, but what about tomorrow? If planning on (or already have) a growing family know that any home selected today might not satisfy your needs over the long haul.

A retirement age couple in contrast might require a home with a floor plan that reflects their current situation. If stairs are a problem a single-story home would be the answer. Perhaps the bathrooms must be configured to account for reduced mobility or other restrictions. A home is a longterm commitment so it’s essential to plan for the changes you will encounter in your life. Planning today will help ensure a happier tomorrow.


Regular Home Maintenance Prevents Future Problems

Home maintenance is an on-going affair, and is a series of activities that includes regular, seasonal and one-time tasks. The following suggested list identifies many of the common maintenance jobs that may be performed on a weekly, monthly or semi-annual basis. Tailor these suggestions to fit your own situation, adding or deleting items as required.

A home requires maintenance so establishing a schedule is the best way to manage your household budget. It is also recommended to hire licensed contractors for any tasks you may feel are beyond your ability to complete. Remember, safety first! What seems like a simple plumbing or electrical repair can cost you if you don’t do it correctly.

1. Smoke detectors: Check operation by pushing test button.

2. Check fire extinguishers for proper charge. Never buy units without pressure gauge.

3. Clean or replace dirty filter in range hood.

4. Check for evidence of leaks around toilets, under sinks and around the dishwasher.

5. Clean and freshen sink drains by flushing with hot water and baking soda.

6. Clean aerators on faucets regularly, depending upon water hardness. You may need to use a rust or scale remover to return them to normal condition or have them replaced.

7. Check water filter and softeners regularly. The life of the filters is dependent upon water usage and water characteristics. Retailers can help with this analysis.

8. Monitor and maintain floor coverings on an as required basis.

9. Regular vacuuming will reduce wear of floor coverings.

10. Water heater should be drained periodically.

In areas with hard water, drain at least five gallons of waste from drain valve every six months to prevent sediment build up. Routine maintenance will help head off long term problems and will make your home a safer and more comfortable place.

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