Home Maintenance And Repair
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Owning a home is a major responsibility. Not only do you have the obligation of paying the mortgage each month, but you also have to maintain your home so that it remains a good investment.

When talking about taking care of your home, most folks lump home maintenance and repair into one category. The truth is, the number of repairs needed can be reduced if regular maintenance is conducted. Regular, preventive maintenance can pay off in peace of mind, utility cost savings, durability, and even resale value.

Home maintenance is a crucial part of homeownership and can require a great deal of time, money, and effort. Regularly inspect your home – inside and outside.

Use a checklist to help you familiarize yourself with the condition of your house and its state of repair. Doing minor, routine maintenance helps to prolong the life of the home and may prevent the need for major repairs. An inspection also helps you plan and save for major improvements. Using a Maintenance Check List can help you identify and schedule what and when inspections need to be done.

There are numerous Home Maintenance Schedule documents on the Internet. Sometimes they are also called Home Maintenance Calendars. Most of them divide the maintenance task according to seasonal needs.

The University of Illinois Extension posts.

Home maintenance can be expensive and time consuming. However, it can add to the value of your investment when you decide to sell your home in the future. Remember the wise advice of Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Regular, routine maintenance enhances curb appeal, ensures safety, and prevents neglected upkeep from turning into costly major repairs.

Even though you do regular maintenance, repairs will be needed. You can save a lot of money by doing some of the repair if you have the time, knowledge, and skill needed. Fact sheets on making many of the repairs that you might need to do can be found on your state’s Cooperative Extension website. Many of the home improvement stores have instructional manuals, online guides, or classes for the “do-it-yourselfer.” Even if you are skilled at home repair jobs, there may some jobs that you’re not able to do or don’t have the right tools to do. The key is to recognize which repairs you are capable of doing. Typically, you may need to hire someone to do extensive plumbing, electrical, or structural repairs.

If you need to hire a contractor to do the repair, make a list of contractors based on

recommendations of friends, neighbors, coworkers, or building supply stores. Request references, and check them out. You might also want to check with your local Better Business Bureau.

Or you can call TRUSTED HANDY GUY for emergency repairs , property repair services property maintenance companies , property management , emergency plumbing

Once you decide on two or three contractors, get a written estimate from each of them. These estimates will help you know if the amount quoted is reasonable. Ask each contractor what kind of insurance they have. Get your agreement in writing: cost, work to be done, time schedule, guarantees, payment schedule, insurance, permits, etc. Get and keep copies of everything you sign. Never pay in full or sign a completion certificate before the work is finished.

Replacements will also be needed as the house ages. The University of Illinois Extension has posted a table that shows estimates of the average life span for common household appliances.

This chart helps homeowners plan ahead for major purchases. The chart lists the average life span for the following appliances according to industry officials:

• Roof – 20-25 years

• Heating system – 25 years

• Refrigerator – 20 years

• Freezer – 20 years

• Clothes dryer – 18 years

• Range/oven – 18 years

• Room air conditioner – 15 years

• Clothes washer – 13 years

• Water heater – 13 years

• Central air conditioner – 12 years

• Dishwasher – 12 years

Most financial experts recommend that you budget to spend 1-3 percent of your home’s value for annual repairs and maintenance. For example, if your home is worth $250,000, you should set aside $2,500 to $7,500 for repairs and maintenance. Of course, the amount actually spent on home maintenance and repairs will vary from year to year. Some years, the amount spent will be much less; other years, the amount spent will be more. With this in mind, it is wise to set aside the unspent money so that it can be carried forward to the following year. Generally, the older the home, the more maintenance and repairs it will need.

In summary, a schedule or plan for conducting routine maintenance on your home will help you identify and correct problems before they become serious. A maintenance problem ignored can become a safety problem, as well as a major repair. Preventive maintenance can extend the life of materials and equipment and will be less expensive in the long run than replacement. Your challenge as a homeowner is to find a home maintenance schedule that will work for you. Find a plan that you can add to or revise to meet your needs.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Tata Institute Of Social Science – School Of Vocational Education Launches Vocational Course In Travel And Tourism
Tata Institute Of Social Science – School Of Vocational Education Launches vocational course in Travel and Tourism Travel and Tourism is one of those sectors that have no limitations on the scale or the variety of products and services offered. Applying creativity and imagination and understanding the changing needs of…
By: TISS SVE in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Mar 08, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Bachelor Of Vocation (degree By Tiss, Mumbai)
Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social work n partnership with Tata Institute of Social Sciences - School of Vocational Educationhas Bachelor of Vocation (Degree by TISS, Mumbai) 1. B. Voc in Early Child Development (3 year Degree programme) 2. B. Voc in Child Protection (3 year Degree programme) 3. Diploma…
By: TISS SVE in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Mar 07, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

After School Program Of Chamelea Enrichment Centre
Chamelea Enrichment Centre was founded with a goal to inspire young minds using science, art and fun by Dr. Alina S. Kotler. The Creation of this facility was a great triumph. With years of science under her belt, Alina has successfully created one of the most unique and thoughtful birthday…
By: Alex Ross in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Feb 27, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Bal Sakha In Partnership With Tata Institute Of Social Sciences - School Of Vocational Education
BAL SAKHA Bal Sakha in partnership with Tata Institute of Social Sciences - School of Vocational Education is a Registered Non-Governmental Organisation working with Homeless, Helpless Labouring/working and delinquent (Juvenile) children of the state of Bihar & Jharkhand since 1984. The main objective of the organisation is the rehabilitation and…
By: TISS SVE in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Feb 22, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

What is the Difference Between A Craftsperson And A Person That Can Build A Project
As people that have read my articles you may be aware that my family members are craftspeople working in building construction. My Grandfather was a finish carpenter on houses and commercial building. My father was a construction supervisor and finish Carpenter, my uncle was a finish carpenter and cabinet maker.…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   May 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Why Have A Supervisor on A Building Construction Project
When I first started in the Building Construction business the Supervisor was the General contractors’ job overseer. The supervisor was a combination of Project Manager and Foreman for the job, but as construction projects became more complicated the Supervisors responsibilities changed. A building Construction supervisor is a person that is…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   May 13, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Budgeting A Job Without the Help Of Computer Aided Take Off Software
What happens when the Building Construction Estimator has no Architectural Drawings to do take off from? All the articles I have written so far has been explaining to everyone how computers have helped the construction industry. I figured I would write an article on this subject because this is what…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Apr 27, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

CNA Classes: What Might A Person Learn
One of the first things that is taught in a CNA class is the role of the CNA. Expect to learn how to fit into the healthcare team where you may interact with Doctors, administration, nurses, auxiliary medical personnel, other CNA's, patients and patient's families. Understanding what your role is,…
By: Jake Anderson in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Oct 06, 2014  
0
  Likes: 0

What is A Construction Foreman Responsible for on A Building Construction Project
Over the past few days I have written articles about Construction Supervisors and Project Managers and the rolls they play in Building Construction today we will discuss the roll that a Foreman plays in the scheme of things on a Building Construction project. A Construction foreman is usually a person…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   May 14, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Is GPS Layout Easy to Learn for A Site Contractors Crew
The last article I wrote was my experience with the layout of building construction projects and how it has changed in the last 50 years. I am interested in Layout with a Global Positioning Systems (GPS) as I have not had any experience with this type of layout tool, so…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   May 17, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

What Should I Look For In An After School Care Program
After school care near Lake Forest, Illinois, is quite popular, but how do you know which one you want your child to attend when they’re done with their school day? What will be the best after school care for all of your needs? These are important questions for parents to…
By: Steven Wilson in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Oct 13, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Learning How To Drive For Safe & Efficient Driving Experience
If you are living in Manhattan, New York, you could see a number of good drivers; it isn’t surprising if they have the best driving schools in Manhattan, New York. If you are applying for some employment positions, it could be a requirement that you have a driver’s license. Now…
By: Zoe Myers in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Mar 12, 2015  
0
  Likes: 1

What is A Building Construction Estimator
I have been asked this question many time, so I am going to try to describe as best as I can. What is a building construction estimator? In this article we will find out what it really means to be a cost estimator. Although a building construction estimator has many…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   May 21, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Teaching Your Children Math
If you've been trying to ensure that your children are able to learn math in a way that is going to benefit them, then you likely have been trying to figure out the best way to move forward with teaching them. You may ask yourself, how can I help them…
By: Steven Wilson in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   Oct 19, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Is Laying Out A Foundation With Gps Faster
As everyone knows if you start out right on a project everything else is easier throughout the project, so I would like to tell you about the GPS layout system that I saw in operation on a construction site in Greenfield MA. The building had many angles to it, I…
By: Anthony3 in  Reference and Education  >  Vocational Trade Schools   May 19, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Article Views: 970    Report this Article