With some planning and a bit of motivation, you can go from being a good homeowner to a great homeowner. A few simple changes and you’re well on your way to improving your property. How can you be a better homeowner? The suggestions below are just a few ideas to get you started on the path to good home maintenance.

Improve Energy-Efficiency

How much money is being needlessly spent on electrical costs each month? Improve energy-efficiency around the home by upgrading your appliances to Energy Star labeled products, transitioning from incandescent to LED light bulbs, cleaning and replacing all filters in the HVAC system, insulating the home, and installing a programmable thermostat.

Start a Neighborhood Watch

A neighborhood watch program helps make everyone in the community a bit safer. Appointed neighborhood watch members keep an eye out on their friends and neighbors. They report unusual activity to the police and take other appropriate measures to ensure the safety of residents, homes, and property.

Be a Better Homeowner by Boosting Curb Appeal

A well-manicured lawn improves curb appeal and provides a nice place to gather for outdoor fun. Add a deck or patio to your yard. Foliage, including flowers and plants, adds life to your outdoor spaces. Power wash the siding on your home to remove dirt and debris and keep trash, toys, and garden tools organized rather than strewn about the yard.

Join the Neighborhood HOA

Get involved with the homeowner’s association (HOA) or, start one if an HOA isn’t around. An HOA is a small governing body that works to improve the property value and quality of life for residents in a specific neighborhood. This is done through set rules and guidelines, oversight of the area, and by providing amenities such as clubhouses and pools. An HOA usually charges a monthly fee for membership.

Be a Better Homeowner

Put some of the above ideas to work to become a better homeowner. The suggestions outlined here are among many steps that can improve the quality of life for everyone in the home and help you take better care of your property.

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