How to Prolong the Life of Your Home

How to Prolong the Life of Your Home

The following contribution is from another author.

When you become a homeowner, you will know that your home is for life. And not only is it the place where you live, but it can be seen as an investment too. If you look after it well, then it can go a long way to helping you get a good return on your investment. If you don’t then it mean that when it comes to selling, you don’t get the price that you want. And if you are planning on using that to help you to get further up the housing ladder or to use for your retirement, then you are likely to be disappointed. So with that in mind, here are some ideas and tips to help you to prolong the life of your home.

Regularly Clear Guttering

The guttering on the outside of your home is there to serve a purpose. And if it is broken, blocked, or otherwise damaged, it isn’t going to be able to serve that purpose. So make sure that you regularly clean your gutters or have a professional do it. If there are things like leaves or twigs blocking the gutter, as well as ice in winter from blockages, then it stops it from working well. It can also lead to leaks and water damage to your home which can be costly to repair, and won’t help to prolong the life of your home.

Add Siding

If you want to prolong the life of your home, then looking for some siding to add (or replace) to the side of your home can be a really good idea. If you look for cement fiber siding panels then they could be the most durable, and help to prolong the life of the outside of your home, whatever the weather throws at it. Siding can help to insulate the home too, which is a really good thing when looking at the life of your home.

Keep Pests Away

If you get any kind of pest infestation, from rats to woodworm, it can wreak havoc on your home and can really cause some damage. So with all of that in mind, it is so important to make sure that you stop any unwanted pests from coming in the home. If you have pets, especially things like cats, then checking them for fleas is a must too. Things like woodworm should be checked regularly, and then dealt with as soon as any issues arise. If you leave things too long, then the damage can be irreparable. 

Check Your Roof

So much in your home can be damaged if the roof isn’t in good repair. It can cause leaks if there is extreme weather, and even worse, can cause collapse and major damage if the roof isn’t strong. So checking on your roof regularly is a must. If there are any signs of damage, like loose tiles, for example, then deal with them as soon as you can. Taking steps like this will help to prolong the life of your roof, and as a result, you home. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).