There are some simple rules that will help you be a better homeowner. These involve taking care of your house and fostering positive relationships with your neighbors. Here are 5 things to keep in mind.

Keep Up With Maintenance to Be a Better Homeowner

Homeowners constantly have a maintenance to-do list. Houses are complex structures with many systems and components that need to be maintained, tuned up, and repaired. Some of these chores can be done on your own and some are best to hire a professional for. Certain tasks like cleaning the gutters and pressure washing the siding are great things to learn how to do on your own if you are comfortable using the required equipment.

Add Home Security Features

You’ve made a big investment to own your home, so you want to keep it secure and everything inside of it protected. You can deter burglars with simple home security methods or install a high-tech home security system that is monitored 24/7. Other security measures include installing outdoor lights, planting thorny bushes underneath ground-level windows, and replacing weak locks with strong deadbolts.

Know Your Property Lines

It’s a good idea to be aware of where your property lines are, in case you or your neighbor wants to install a fence or structure close to the boundary. The property lines may be marked with metal poles or wooden stakes already. If not, you can check your property deed to confirm the boundary. If you are planning to build something near your neighbor’s property, communicate with them about it first.

Be a Better Homeowner by Mowing Your Lawn

Keeping your lawn well-manicured shows you take pride in your home and is courteous to your neighbors. After all, your neighbors have to look at your house every day. An overgrown lawn is unsightly and also invites pests like ticks and mosquitoes. Mowing your lawn regularly indirectly improves your relationships with your neighbors.

Communicate With Your Neighbors

Your neighborhood is a more pleasant place to live when it feels like a community. When you move in, introduce yourself to your neighbors. If a new neighbor moves in, perform a welcoming gesture like bringing them a gift. If your neighborhood has a watch group to keep an eye out for crime, get involved. Inform neighbors whom you trust if you will be out of town.

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