Home Maintenance - It Comes With the Territory
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Performing regular ongoing maintenance is a great habit to develop. Periodic roof inspections, for example, provide advance warning to allow time to obtain several roofing quotes. If, on the other hand, no maintenance is done and the roof suddenly leaks, there's very little time to do comparative shopping. Under these circumstances, you may be forced to go with the roofer who can do the job the fastest - not necessarily with the roofing materials of your choice or at the best possible price.
In addition to monitoring systems that wear out, structural monitoring can also be performed. It's not uncommon for people who've been living in a house for a long time to suddenly notice that a door frame is out of square and the door doesn't close properly. With regular maintenance, the cracks which occur in the wall surfaces adjacent to the door frame can be monitored. Knowing whether these cracks have appeared suddenly or have been increasing at a specific rate, is valuable information when diagnosing the problem and designing a repair.
Spring and Fall
Ideally, preventative maintenance inspections should be performed in the spring and fall. However, some components require more/less frequent inspections. Where appropriate, this is noted below. Keep a record of what was inspected and the date.
Regular maintenance isn't everyone's cup of tea. So you may want to consider hiring a handyman to perform maintenance inspections and minor repairs.
One last thought. There probably isn't a homeowner alive who performs maintenance inspections to the degree that we suggest. So take this in stride. Suffice it to say, the more you do, the greater the benefits.
RoadRunner Inspection Service has provided the above informationin an attempt to inform new home owners about general home maintenance. The maintenance suggestions listed above are by no means comprehensive and inclusive of all items that need maintenance in a home. These statements above are only a compilation of maintenance suggestions based on our experience in the business of Real Estate property management, ownership and renovation.