If you take pride in ownership of your home, chances are you have a long list of things you’d like to do whether it’s renovations or upgrades.  There are however items that you should move to the top of your list to save you money down the line.  Some home improvements are more urgent than others. Here are five high-priority improvements you should consider staying on top of to avoid a hefty repair bill if you decide to sell.

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Roof Repairs

Staying on top of roof maintenance should be a priority regardless of your decision to sell your home.  Your roof takes a beating.  It’s always best to check your shingles, gutters and tiles.  Water and wind are your enemies here.  Check the areas around roof openings, including chimneys, exhaust flues and skylights, which are the likeliest candidates for leaks.

Windows

As your home begins to settle and your windows age, they begin to lose the battle with the wind and start to allow drafts to seep through the cracks.  They can also start to stick to their frames.  All of these issues are causing your energy bill to sky rocket.  It can be an easy enough fix for a DIY project if not too bad; caulking is an easy solution that can be completed in a weekend and with minimal expense.  If your problems are worse, you will have to consult with a professional.

HVAC

Regular heating, ventilation and air conditioning system inspections are also a potential money saver to avoid major repair costs later. Recommended maintenance includes cleaning filters every few months to avoid inefficient and clogged filters, and inspecting the ducts for good air flow.  The best thing you can do for your HVAC unit is to replace old filters and thermostats.

Plumbing

Water seems to be the root of all evil in a home, at least water where it is not wanted.  Leaks or burst pipes that allow water to find its way into walls, floors and foundations can lead to significant damage, with repair costs reaching thousands of dollars.  Left unresolved, water leaks can lead to problems like mold and a complete plumbing system replacement.

It’s easy to take a few minutes and make sure that there are no leaks around toilets, under sinks, and from faucets, but finding other kinds of leaks can be a lot more difficult, even with regular inspections.

Paint and Siding

Here we go again with water.  Inspect exterior paint and siding.  Water can cause structural damage to the components beneath the siding.  Things to look out for include; areas of dry, chalky paint and cracked, flaking or peeling paint. Small areas, especially trim around doors and windows, can be sanded and repainted by most homeowners.

Beyond potential water damage, a fresh coat of paint can add a crisp, clean appearance to the interior or exterior of your home.

Buyers navigate towards homes that have been properly maintained all the while helping you save money by keeping an energy efficient home, but also increasing the sales value.  Simple steps now can save you big later.