4 Easy Ways to Be a Better Homeowner

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There are many reasons to take care of your home. When it comes to being a good homeowner, there is more to do than just paying your mortgage on time. The following are four easy ways to be a better homeowner.

4 Easy Ways to Be a Better Homeowner

Increase Energy Efficiency

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities, including utility bills. Upgrading your home’s energy efficiency not only cuts down the costs of heating and cooling, but it also adds value to the home. You’ll be able to keep the home a more comfortable temperature for less money.

Spruce Up the Outside to Be a Better Homeowner

One of the easy ways to be a better homeowner is by improving your curb appeal. People are drawn to homes that look clean and bright and have well-cared-for yards. If you plan to sell your house at some point, you’ll need to keep up with the curb appeal. Even if you plan to live in your home for a while, your neighbors and your family will appreciate your efforts.

Upgrade Floors

You would be amazed at what a huge difference new flooring can make. Plush carpet is a nice touch in bedrooms, but hardwood or tile flooring is easier to keep clean. Choose waterproof flooring options, like vinyl or tile, in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Join Your HOA

It’s not enough to just know the rules set by your HOA. Take things a step further by joining the board. If you are paying fees to the association, you might as well become involved. You’ll get to know your neighbors and work with them to improve the neighborhood.

It is rewarding to have a home of your own. By following these easy ways to be a better homeowner, you will keep your home in good shape and foster relationships with your neighbors.

Steve Smallman Property Inspections offers home inspections in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Contact us to request our services.

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If you’re the first-ever occupant of your brand-new home, you have specific inspection needs before moving in. We inspect your new home before your final walkthrough to add an objective set of experienced eyes to help protect your investment. We also do pre-drywall inspections.


New homes may come with a warranty that lasts a year. An 11-month inspection is key in terms of taking advantage of what your warranty guarantees. We check for anything covered by your warranty before it expires so that the proper party is responsible for any repairs.


Selling a home? A pre-listing inspection gives you an advantage. Letting us identify maintenance needs before you sell lets your home enter the market in its very best state free from defects that could cause potential buyers to turn away from what could be a golden opportunity for everyone.


Life moves so quickly that general and even significant home maintenance can sometimes be forgotten. Furthermore, some routine home maintenance items are difficult to spot without the proper experience. Let our highly-trained inspectors give your home a check-up and help you prioritize regular home maintenance to save money and to help keep your family safe.


Termites and other wood-destroying insects cause millions of dollars of damage per year to buildings all over North Carolina. Our inspectors are all Registered Pest Control Technicians with the NC Department of Agriculture Structural Pest Control Division. We are affiliated with Cooper Pest Control to provide the wood-destroying insect reports (WDIR) required by many mortgage lenders.


Radon – an odorless, colorless gas – naturally occurs in most soil. It’s also the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in North America. We can perform the EPA-recommended radon testing that determines whether or not you are being exposed to safe levels of radon within your home.

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