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Have you made any resolutions for your house!

It's that time again! Tredyffrin Easttown homeowners bet you forgot about making any resolutions for your house!

You know the start of the new year when everyone makes personal resolutions, new personal and business goals, a word to live the year by.

That is all well and good on the personal front, we all need to continue to grow. But as a Tredyffrin Easttown home owner have you made or set any resolutions or goals for your home this year?

When you buy a home, it is never perfect, whatever we tell ourselves and all our friends. Even those buying multi-million dollar homes usually make changes before or when they move in. Often when you live in a home you realize this or that does not work how you thought it would, so it needs changing. Remember that home inspection report you shelved or stuck in a draw, often it includes items to repair, renew or maintain over time.

1) The start of the year is a good time to look over your original home inspection if you bought a home in the last few years. What was noted that you need to maintain, is it doable by yourself or do you need to find a contractor?

2) If you bought a home more than 5-10 years ago it may be worthwhile to arrange another inspection to see if anything major needs to be fixed.

3) How about painting, this is an easy job to tackle if you feel inclined or easy to find a local painter and one that gives so much instant gratification and a feelof updating a home. When was the last time your walls or trim had a fresh coat of paint. Often we paint inside and forget the outside trim needs care as well especially around the windows, caulk and paint.

4) Do any doors or storm doors need updating or replacing? What about your roofs or gutters? Gutter covers are a boon when the leaves fall, and can improve the length of life of your gutters.

5) Flooring, maybe when you moved in you thought about replacing carpets or putting hardwood down but never got around to it, maybe now is the time?

6) What about your heater or air conditioning units, hot water heaters or appliances are you budgeting for replacement over time? Make an appointment now for maintenance and prolong their lives.

7) Are there any projects you want to tackle in the yard, hardscaping projects give a high return rate compared to cost, planning them out may take some time, but often doing this ahead of time saves money and lets you obtain permits when necessary and allows you to find a contractor who will be ready to start work and understand exactly what you want to acheive. How about planning your garden, either starting a vegetable plot and growing your own healthy vegetables free of pesticides or planning out the flowers around a patio to give the best splash of color through the seasons.

8) Does your driveway need repair or maintenance this year?

9) What about your septic system does it need emptying or cleaning? Do you have a well, when was the last time you had the water quality checked?

It is so easy to overlook these projects, but we have found making a list at the start of the year allows us to plan out a time to do the work, budget for it and prioritize the jobs as well. Some things are a priority, others are if we get time we will tackle them. 

Owning a home requires a constant investment, even a new home requires maintenance, like a car needs tuning up so does your home. 

While you are at it, keep a file with all the receipts and photos of work done, before and after so when you come to sell you have a record and can share this with potential owners. Show them you have cared for the home removes a lot of the worry new buyers have about cost of ownership and increases the value of your home.

Making resolutions can be a pain, but when you look back and realize you did what was required or you wanted to achieve for your home at year end will make you feel a lot better and end up putting money in your pocket when you come to sell.

This may be the year you decide to move, remember we are here to help you negotiate and make you be more confident as you understand the process of selling and buying a home in Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line. Contact Nick Vandekar, Selling the Main Line with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., office 610-225-7400 cell or text 610-203-4543, email Nick@VandekarTeam.com.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • January 02 2019 04:23PM

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Hello and Happy New Year to both of you.  My resolution is to repaint the living room in the next month, paint is all gotten and now just need a snow day.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 18 days ago

So many good points. I think I'm just going to buy a new one this year.

Posted by Mike Baltierra, Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Corona CA (Rise Realty ) 18 days ago

Happy New Year, Nick and Trudy!

Wishing you all the very best in 2019.  Nice informative post for those thinking of a new home or staing put. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 18 days ago

Will Hamm sounds like a plan, we have a host of projects for the year mostly all things that we would like rather than required.

Mike Baltierra that could be fun, enjoy.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thanks, trying to get back in the seat here.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 18 days ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Happy New Year!

This is a great post! I started a list a few years ago. It was a lonnnnnnnng one. Since then, it is still on my refrigerator. Some items have been crossed off but I had to add more to the list. Owning a home is a huge responsibility and you don't have to ask the Landlord to fix something, it really is up to you. Then comes the discipline and the money to get it done!

Have a wonderful New Year. I have a feeling since your big adventure, you are a changed man in the most positive way. I wish you all the very best.  

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 18 days ago

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP our list for this year is long, and I think mostly doable, some are we hope we can get to that items, some things we mentioned as dreams especially a water feature near our patio for many years. As for adventures, I discovered my big adventure last year did not end but just began a second stage on my return, still processing much of what I learned and trying to implement into everyday life.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 18 days ago

Good morning Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543,

What an excellent post. A home is a constant investment with maintenance and updates to insure maximum value. I always say a home is "a work in progress!" Every year a determination should be made on what needs to be done as far as maintenance or decorating..then do it! 

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 18 days ago

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR that is a very true statement, a home is a constant investment with maintenance and updates to insure maximum value.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 18 days ago

Hi Nick... great list of tips to start the new year off right with home maintenance. Happy new year to you and Trudy!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 17 days ago

Nick, Happy New Year! Owning a home takes constant maintenance and I'm always amazed at how many owners don't maintain their investment. This is a great post and valuable advice. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 17 days ago

Amanda S. Davidson I am always surprisedhow many buyers don't consider there is a cost to home ownership like owning a car it needs maintenance.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 17 days ago

Hi Nick and Trudy and Happy New Year! What a good list for any home owners. We all get so settled and comfortable in our homes that we forget that like anything else, it needs some regular TLC!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 16 days ago

Nick  &  Trudy nice to see you back active on the platform. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 16 days ago

Kathy Streib verytrue, it is easy to forget what needs atytention unless it is broken and causing pain.

Endre Barath, Jr. thank you, good to be back, now need to be consistent.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 16 days ago

This blog is a great idea for a client newsletter. Although I disagree that making resolutions can be a pain, I think keeping them is the pain. And no worries I won't be copying your newsletter for my email blast, just using the idea.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) 13 days ago

Julie A. Black thank you, yes, it is not themaking, but keeping resolutions that can be tiresome, however, some people, my wife don't like setting goals or resolutions, so for them it is also themaking of them that is tiresome, but i understand where you are coming from. You can use any part for a newletter, and good luck, glad it inspired you.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 13 days ago

this is a great post with lots of good information for all homeowners!! Well done!  Happy New Year to you both! 

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 12 days ago

Debra Leisek thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, appreciate it.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 12 days ago

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