Owning a home is incredibly exciting. Buying a home in Lake Tahoe is not only a great investment, but you get to decorate, remodel and more without having to clear anything with your landlord first. It is exhilarating…and requires a lot of responsibility all at the same time. After all, unexpected costs will pop up at some point and usually when you least expect it. While it is always worth it, it can feel a bit overwhelming at times. Luckily, there are a few effective habits you can adopt that result in a healthy and clean home front.
Inspect your fire safety items monthly. This includes fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Do a test and make sure batteries are still working. 27% of alarm failure is due to bad batteries, which is such a simple fix. Another must do is coming up with an evacuation plan and making sure fire extinguishers are in a convenient and easy to access location.
Properly ventilate your home daily. What does this mean exactly? It means that if you have an extractor fan in your kitchen and bathroom you should be using them every time you cook or take a shower or bath. If you do not have these, add it to the list of additions. After all, proper ventilation is key at keeping away mold and mildew which can cause respiratory difficulties as well as damage to your Lake Tahoe home. This is one of the easiest ways you keep you, and your home, healthy.
Disinfect your home at 3 times a week. We know, that seems a bit excessive, especially with all the things that life throws at us daily. By cleaning surfaces with the appropriate cleaning agent, you are preventing illnesses and the previously mentioned upper respiratory issues. If cleaning often doesn’t seem doable, think about this fun fact: 100,000 times more germs (E Coli and Salmonella anyone?) are found in a kitchen sink compared to a bathroom. The perk to this is that your home will always be clean when unexpected friends and family stop by!
Get your leaves out of the gutter! Such a dreaded project, but if you can’t hire it out, think of this way: You only need to do it once per year and removing debris ensures proper drainage while lessening the likely hood of an overflow that could cause water damage.
If you are interested in becoming a Lake Tahoe home owner and are interested in general real estate information, call us at 530-543-6676.