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The 6 Commandments of Upkeeping a House, According to Real Estate Agents


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With these maintenance commandments as your guide, you’re sure to have a smooth transition from renter to homeowner.

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Adjust Your Mindset

From the moment you sign the closing papers, try to adopt a problem-solving mindset. 

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Know When To Call in a Pro

Recognize your own limits as a handyperson. It’s OK to ask for help. Hiring a professional can save you time and, often, money in the long-run.

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Save, Save, Save

You’ve heard the oft-repeated financial advice that you should save three to six months’ salary for a rainy day. Well, your house needs an emergency fund, too.

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Get on a Schedule

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the upkeep and maintenance your house requires, create your own seasonal task list. 

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Don’t Skip Out

Remember that this routine maintenance is really an insurance policy to help stave off larger, more expensive problems from cropping up down the line.

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Keep a Log Book

As soon as you move into your home, start tracking your maintenance tasks. Make note of the who, what, and when.