May 11, 2016
When you’re searching for a new home, you’re probably looking for a place where you can settle down and create memories. You don’t want to spend every weekend working on your house. By making a few simple choices, you can have a home that you will be able to enjoy, instead of spending hours to maintain. Here are our 6 tips for having a low maintenance home.
When choosing exterior products for your home, make sure you go with durable products, like brick, stone or vinyl siding. Aluminum soffits and fascia are an excellent choice, as well as a quality architectural shingle roof.
2. Easy to clean floors
Carpet is obviously harder to clean than a solid floor, and large tiles are easier to clean than small ones because there is less grout. Hardwood, tile, and natural stone are popular because they’re easy to clean, things don’t get stuck in the surface, and they require little maintenance.
3. Countertops & Sinks
Solid surface counters are easier to clean than tiles because of grout. Choose a slab with a pattern rather than a solid color so that it won’t show crumbs, rings, or knicks as easily. Additionally, be aware of required maintenance. For instance, some solid surfaces, such as granite, may need to be sealed occasionally.
If you have granite or marble counter tops see our post for care and maintenance.
Stainless Steel? See our post for cleaning tips.
Choose furniture that is durable and easy to clean. Leather is easy to wipe off when the kids spill. However, it may scratch if you have pets with sharp nails. Whatever upholstery you pick, avoid white and ivory, which stain easily.
Furniture that doubles as storage is a great way to reduce clutter in the home. A storage ottoman, likethis one from Turk Furniture in Naperville, allows you to stow toys and blankets, keeping your living room looking neat.
When decorating your home, avoid filling shelves with dozens of little knick knacks that will need to be dusted. Instead choose fewer, larger items that make a statement.
6. Buy Overstreet
To get the ultimate low maintenance home, buy a new home from Overstreet Builders. We specialize in custom homes in Naperville and Elgin, and can cater your home to your exact needs. You pick the floorplan, design, finishes and everything in between.
Or Have Your Own Land? Overstreet Builders has the ability to expand your choices for home locations by offering a variety of options for offsite construction. Learn more about Build On Your Lot here.