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The First-Time Homeowner's Survival Guide by Sid Davis

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CHAPTER 5

EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS THAT ADD VALUE

Maintaining and improving your home’s exterior is especially important, because much of a home’s value and pride of ownership comes from curb appeal. It’s usually not expensive or difficult, but it does entail staying on top of potential problems to keep the home weather-tight.

Once a home’s exterior components are compromised by damage or neglect, or are just worn out, water starts doing its thing. When that happens, the dollar-calibrated repair meter spins faster than a cabbie’s mileage meter. It’s much cheaper to head off problems before you feel raindrops falling on your head during dinner.

Unfortunately, too many homeowners wait until they want to sell before thinking about exterior ...

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