Whether you're looking to hold your property long-term or trying to sell it, there's one thing that every homeowners wants to do:

Increase the value of their home.

We've all been told that your home is an investment.

Real estate appreciates in value over time.

Most of the time, this is true. So why do people not do some of the easiest things to ensure their home's value stays up?

There's that thing that breaks literally every summer

Ah, you know the one:

Your A/C or HVAC unit.

Yup, every summer, especially in this hot Houston heat, it never fails.

It's getting to the point where you really need that air, and you hear the fan going but there's no cold air coming out.

Every homeowner has experienced this.

But why does it happen?

It's because there's not been enough maintenance done to keep it in pristine condition.

Think about it --

For a few months out of the year, you neglect the A/C and compressor because you're using the heater.

When things start coming around to spring, you need both your heater and your a/c a little less.

And then when you need it for the summer, it's expected to start working 24/7 after it's been collecting dust and who knows what else got into it.

While it's been sitting there unused, the temperature has been going up and down wildly every other day, affecting the parts and fluids inside of the system that contract and expand.

And then you start 'er up for the summer, and there she blows! A leak, or burned out compressor, or whatever else breaks.

Taking care of your HVAC unit and getting it regularly maintained can raise the value of your home drastically, simply by the buyer knowing that it has been maintained on a regular basis along with documentation to prove it.

Good 'ole curb appeal

Look:

We know that curb appeal is important when selling your home.

But why not keep it up throughout its life rather than right when you need to do it?

This means taking care of the landscaping, cleaning the sides of the house, getting that pressure washing done every so often, and so on.

While you may think that it costs you money every month, consider this...

...When you are ready to sell the house and you then think about all the things you need to repair or make pretty, you're going to see a large bill.

That bill is going to eat into your profits.

And when something has not been maintained properly, it usually means there's an underlying issue as well.

Have you ever seen a few spot on a wall and then later found out there's a mold infestation behind it?

It's like seeing a tip of the iceberg but not realizing that there's a huge chunk under the surface that slowly built up without you ever noticing it.

This stuff really happens, and when curb appeal deteriorates, there's usually more to the story than just a fresh coat of paint.

Appliances make or break homes

You might not really think about it, but this is huge to first time home buyers.

Appliances are a big deal, as they seem to be the cornerstone of whether or not a home is up-to-date.

Having old appliances diminishes the appeal of the home's interior, but when they are relatively new, or at least taken well care of, they give a totally different impression to someone doing a walkthrough of the home.

You don't have to buy the top-of-the-line oven that steam cleans itself at 800 degrees, but you should make sure that if you're going to purchase a new appliance that you take care of it and keep it maintained. 

If you have an older appliance already, just clean it up really well.

Some homeowners actually like finding original appliances in homes that date back to the 60s and 70s (although most homes in the 70s are actually really wack. People were on some interesting stuff back then).

If you have decent appliances in the kitchen, then just take a look at small things like the state of your ceiling fans or your heater / air vent in the bathroom.

Sometimes replacing a couple of smaller things like that can make a world of difference.

Every little bit counts

There are a lot of different things you can do to a home to increase its value. 

It mostly comes down to maintenance first to prevent as much damage or weathering as possible.

Then it's just keeping things up-to-date.

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on how to keep your home maintained, or visit our homepage for more housing tips (https://houstonrealestate.joomla.com).