What to Look For in an Anchorage Home for Easy Maintenance
by Dan Wolf
on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 8:27am.
Maintaining a home you buy in Anchorage isn’t just about outdoor maintenance. It’s also about finding a home that has easy maintenance features on the inside of the house. If you buy a new construction home, you will likely have the latest high-tech and energy-efficient appliances and furnaces. If you buy an older Anchorage home or even an Anchorage foreclosure, you don’t necessarily have to keep what’s already there. It can save you time and money to buy a move-in ready home that already has easy maintenance and low-maintenance upgrades.
Quartz as an easy-care surface
According to a piece by thisoldhouse.com, quartz countertops make an easy-care kitchen surface. It’s also appropriate for a bathroom vanity. Experts say workers make quartz from hard minerals and other ingredients in a factory. Because they include polyester resins, they are resistant to scratches and stains. In terms of maintenance, you won’t have to add a protective coat annually as you do with other high-end countertops.
Floors that require less work
When you go house hunting with an Anchorage Realtor, pay attention to the flooring in the different homes you view. An article by bobvilla.com suggests choosing floors that are attractive, comfortable and easy to maintain. New sealers and products make wood floors a good choice, but you will have more maintenance such as staining and refinishing with original hardwood floors. Linoleum is easy to clean and an eco-friendly choice. Just don’t confuse linoleum with vinyl, made of synthetic materials. Natural stone is also good for easy maintenance, but look for larger tiles so you have fewer grout lines to clean.
Cabinets that resist grime
Although you eventually have to fill up a bucket with cleaning soap and clean your kitchen, there are cabinets that make the job easier. An article by better homes and gardens recommends cabinets with finished flat doors. While high-gloss paint does show dirt, they are very easy to clean. Look for remodeled modern kitchens if you want to avoid the intricate traditional cabinets that trap dust and dirt.
At Wolf Real Estate, we take the time to show our clients different homes in Anchorage that meet their wish lists. If a low-maintenance home is important to you, let us know. For more tips on spotting easy maintenance in a new home, please contact us at 248-9653 or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.