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Long-Term Home Maintenance

Having a home is like being in a long-term relationship. If you neglect it eventually it will start to show but if you do regular maintenance it will serve you well in the long run.

If you plan to live in your home for a long time, or if the home you purchased has
older components, here’s your guide to long-term maintenance. Planning for
these tasks helps you budget for them. Plus, staying on top of these
maintenance jobs will ensure better resale value when it comes time to sell.

Every 2-5 Years

  • Replace caulking around windows and doors to keep your home energy
  • Have a professional clean and repair HVAC ducts for more efficient
    airflow and to avoid health hazards.
  • Have a professional do a termite inspection to find problems before they
    become costly.

Every 5-10 Years

  • Paint the outside—paint wood siding before
    flaking starts.


Every 10-15 Years

  • Replace smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors after 10 years—do
    this even if they seem to be working properly (they’re a small investment
    that could save your life and home).
  • Replace the hot water heater after about 10 years—handy homeowners
    can install electric units, but always hire a professional for gas models.
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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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