Are you this happy about doing your home maintenance?
Unfortunately, few things if any are truly maintenance free including homes. Wood surfaces, for example, which are exposed to the elements and are not painted or sealed, can begin to rot. Caulking around windows and doors can not only seal the home from air leaks but also reduce the chances of water and moisture entering the house and negatively affecting building materials. Larger problems can occur from lack of maintenance. It is important to recognize that for a house to remain in good condition periodic maintenance must be carried out. As a budget figure, a general rule of thumb is that 1% to 3% (perhaps as much as 4%) of the value of the home should be set aside for maintenance each year. In some cases it may be more.
Preventative maintenance is likely still the most cost effective way of dealing with items. It can reduce repair bills, extend life expectancies, and, maximize operating and energy efficiencies. Waiting until items break down can be quite costly. A methodical approach to maintenance is the best.
Routine inspections of building items, components and systems will likely reduce high cost repairs. In some cases, you will not be qualified, feel comfortable or, for that matter, even enjoy inspecting or carrying out an effective maintenance program. On the other hand, some areas may be right up your alley. Be sure to consult and review all manufacturer’s guidelines and specifications before embarking on any maintenance work. Seek further professional assistance if, and when, needed.
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