Mobile Apps for Home Owners to Protect Investment

Home Value Eaten Alive? Maintain Your Investment with Mobile Apps

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Home Value Protection with Mobile Apps

Home value maintenance tools are here! The day has finally come – the keys are finally in your hands, the couch is neatly in its place and the cable man has just left – all signs that the house you have been waiting weeks for is now called a home. So now what?

One thing that many homeowners fail to realize is that from day one, your home value is a battlefield – from the caulking around your windows to your heating system, yearly maintenance is key to ensuring that one of the biggest investments of your life hold’s its value. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “…The life expectancies of the components of a home depend on the quality of installation, the level of maintenance, weather and climate conditions, and the intensity of use.”

So, what does this mean for you? You need a maintenance schedule and you need to get organized now.

Here are some steps to get started protecting your home value:

1.    Check your home maintenance know-how by taking NAHB’s Home Maintenance Quiz.

  • Who knows, you may surprise yourself! Good or bad, it is important to find out quickly whether or not your current plan and knowledge about the required maintenance is accurate or not.

2.    Find a home value maintenance app or schedule that works for you.

  • Depending on your needs and phone – there are many mobile applications on the market that will not only give you a checklist of what needs to be done – but also notify you of when it needs to be done. Great home apps include:

i.     HomeSavvy

ii.     BrightNest

iii.     HomeKeeper (both regular and HomeKeeper Light)

3.    Do your research, be realistic and stay alert.

  • Let’s be realistic here – does anything ever go completely as planned? Absolutely not, appliances die and leaks happen – but the question is, could you have done anything to prevent these things? By having a plan and knowing what to maintain – you drastically reduce your chances racking up huge home expenses in the long run.

Still not sure where to start? Check out Demesne, an online home repair / maintenance resource that has updated tip and tricks that make it easy to stay organized or, if all else fails, look into resoursecs like HomeBinder for a more structured approach.

Good luck!

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