Maintenance and repair can be a complex
process that requires more than just hiring a quality contractor.
Before you get into the nuts-and-bolts of home maintenance and repair, take a long, hard look around your home and ask a few key questions:
What shape is your home in?
- How does my home look, inside and outside
- How is it to live in?
- Are there any obvious, immediate repairs needed?
- Have you practiced preventive maintenance, including
energy conservation and weatherization
- Do you have established maintenance and
- Is your repair and maintenance routine written out? Have you set priorities for making needed repairs?
Maintaining Your Home:
Maintenance is generally defined as the work
that is done on a regular basis to keep your home
in good working condition. Your home maintenance checklist should include but not be limited to visual inspection of items such as these
- Door knobs, hinges, and locks
- Sidewalk, steps, porches, patios
- Exterior walls
- Outside doors (front, back, basement)
- Fire escapes
- Light fixtures
Other than the routine checks, you want to make sure that you have service agreements for your homes major systems. These systems include
- Roofing, siding, gutters
Once you have a home maintenance routine and service agreements established you should be comforted knowing that your systems are less likely to fail during extreme weather or due to age and heavy use. Having routine checks in place and a list for your handyman means not getting locked out because of the loose lockset that didn’t get repaired or an outlet that shorted out leaving the garage door opener inoperable. Life’s stresses are enough without the needed worry about deferred maintenance.
If you are putting together a list or have questions regarding maintenance around your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions that you have and to help keep your home in top-notch shape.