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Home Buyers - Home Repair & Maintenance Tips

Once you've finally settled in, home maintenance and repair is an inescapable part of home ownership. Therefore, it is always a good idea to be familiar with predictive and preventative maintenance for your every day household necessities, such as plumbing and electricity.

Preventive Home Maintenance Checkup

Your home can't take care of itself. Your monthly budget should include money for routine maintenance and repair for the house and yard. Plan to set money aside for the large, irregular expenses that occur normally as a house ages. Large expenses include interior and exterior painting, repairs or replacement of heating and air conditioning units and appliances, floor coverings, and roof surfaces. Home maintenance helps provide a healthy, safe environment as it protects your growing financial investment. It is much easier to prevent the development of unsafe, unhealthy conditions and structural damage than to pay repair bills.

Why Should You Do Regular Home Maintenance?

To maintain the value of the property. A well-maintained home usually sells more readily and usually brings a higher price. A well-maintained house is more comfortable. Regular care minimizes unexpected repair work and expense. Regular small repairs keep costs from becoming larger.

What is involved in home maintenance? Cleaning roof and gutters, cleaning or painting outside wall surfaces, cleaning floors and walls, vacuuming carpet, keeping sink and shower drains running freely, etc.

What is involved in home repair? Replacing broken glass in windows or doors, replacing warped or worn shingles, repairing a cracked or heaved sidewalk or driveway, replacing worn out faucets, repairing a broken stair rail, etc.

How often should you do maintenance and repairs? Maintenance and repairs should be done as soon as the need appears. This sooner-the-better practice helps prevent further damage and keeps repair costs down. At least once every 6 months, inspect your house and yard thoroughly to identify items needing work.

List of Inspections

Regular inspection and maintenance of your home will help you keep the home in good condition and maintain its value. Inspect your home regularly. Develop a system where you inspect one area per month to ensure regular inspection of each area. Start at the foundation of the house and work upward and inward. The checklist below can help you identify areas where work may be needed. Make note of anything that needs work.

List of Inspections (Indoors)

  • Structure
  • Floors
  • Stairs
  • Plumbing
  • Heating/Cooling System
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Electrical
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Walls/Ceilings
  • Attic
  • Basement

List of Inspections (Outdoors)

  • Foundation
  • Stone or Brickwork Siding
  • Paint
  • Porch(es)
  • Windows/Screens
  • Storm Windows/Doors
  • Roof
  • Chimney
  • Gutters/Downspouts
  • Garage
  • Drainage
  • Steps/Railing
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