VIDEO – 5 Essential Raleigh Home Maintenance Skills

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Welcome back to the Capital City Real Estate Group video blog! I’m Marc Iafrate, Broker-in-Charge of the Capital City Real Estate Group here in Raleigh. Today we are going to discuss the 5 Essential Home Maintenance Tips for First Time Homeowners

Buying your first home can be a little overwhelming at first, but when you take the time to prepare and plan ahead, maintaining a home is a lot easier than you think. Here are five tips that will help maintain your new home for years to come.

Get Prepared and Stay Prepared

To do any job, you have to have the right tools. So start by assembling your home maintenance kit – a toolbox filled with the most common tools and supplies you will need to complete tasks around your home. What to include, here are a few suggestions:

• Flashlight
• Batteries
• Screwdrivers – Phillips and Regular Flat head
• Power drill and drill bits
• Pliers
• Wrench set
• Hammer
• Nails/Screws
• Wall Anchors
• Stud Sensor
• Paintbrush
• Work Gloves

Other items you might want to consider, but may not fit in a tool box include a Power Drill and Drill Bits, yard maintenance items, and Ladder

Create your home maintenance kit before you need it, and keep it well-stocked at all times – if you use all the nails, replace them.

Create a Raleigh Home Maintenance Checklist

You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, create a Home Maintenance Checklist with notes on what needs to be done and when – this makes it easy for the homeowner to keep up with regular maintenance. What should you include on your maintenance checklist? Include items that need to be done on an annual or seasonal basis, such as cleaning the gutters, what type of lawn fertilizer to apply when, trimming the trees, etc. Also, don’t forget to maintain your fire and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis – it’s recommended that batteries in these devices be changed every six months, so be sure to include that on your Home Maintenance Checklist.

Learn basic Maintenance Skills

There are some maintenance items that are best left to the professions, such as repairing a leaky roof, but homeowners can tackle a wide range of repairs themselves from patching a hole in a wall, fixing a leaky toilet, or replacing a faucet. All it takes is patience and a willingness to try. Always start by reading the directions included with any supplies you are purchasing and don’t forget that most professional store employees can offer practical advice. If all else fails, consult a video or article from a trusted source for additional help.

Electricity and Water Awareness

Know how to shut off your electricity and water, just in case. Find the shut-offs when you first move in and make sure everyone in the family knows where they are. And take the time then to test the breakers and label them clearly with permanent marker. That way there is no confusion if one gets tripped.

A Regular Deep Clean

On a regular basis, give your house a deep clean. Scrub the bathrooms, clean the kitchen appliances and floors and walls. Doing this will not only prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime, which could lead to bigger problems later on, but will also give you a chance to do a run-down of your house and see what needs fixing/updating/replacing.

And remember, you can always rely on your Capital City Real Estate Group Broker for helpful tips and referrals for trusted professionals whenever you need them.

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Marc Iafrate, MBA
Broker-in-Charge, Realtor
Capital City Real Estate Group
(919) 390-7810 Office
8319 Six Forks Road, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27615

About Capital City Real Estate Group, Inc.

Moving to North Carolina years ago was the best decision my family and I could have made. We were looking for a change from the cold Michigan winters and the volatile economic climate. The Triangle was the perfect choice with its mild winters, quality of life and diverse economic base.

I have always held as my personal values and guiding principles: Professionalism, Integrity, Dependability and understand the meaning of perseverance!

I began my real estate career in 1996 as a commercial investor. This led to a Director of Property Management position for multi-family and commercial property and now, residential real estate as the Broker/Owner of the Capital City Real Estate Group, Inc. here in Raleigh.

I put myself through the evening MBA program at the University of Michigan while working full time and raising a family.

Prior to real estate, I earned a Master of Science in Engineering from U of M and currently hold 2 U.S. Design Patents and had a successful corporate career in the automotive industry. As a result of that experience, I’ve successfully been able to apply my problem solving ability to business.

Community Involvement

Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. Board of Directors
Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest, NC Board of Directors
Rotary Club Secretary position
Paul Harris Fellow

In addition to the Rotary Club, I support causes which strengthen our local community such as the YMCA – We Build People Program and Habitat for Humanity
My wife’s favorite charity benefiting children is The Angel Tree
We participate in our church food and clothing drives to benefit our local community
We also support the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Humane Society

Professional Associations

North Carolina Real Estate Broker License
South Carolina Real Estate Broker License
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
North Carolina Association of Realtors
Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors

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Marc Iafrate, MBA
Broker-in-Charge/Owner
Capital City Real Estate Group, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

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