Good Grief.... Will We ever learn? The importance of Regular Home Maintenance

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 Good Grief.... Will We ever learn? 

The importance of Regular Home Maintenance

Seriously, One year ago, we had an issue with our Air Conditioning.  It was extremely hot out (just as it is right now),  and our air conditioning quit.  It turned out to be a simple fix, and all was good.  So good, that I wrote a blog post about maintenance, blah, blah, blah.  Well, I need to learn to practice what I preach!  Last night, as I entered the kitchen to prepare dinner, Something caught my eye.  I watched in that direction for a moment and saw it again.  OMG.... It was a drop of water and I was seeing the spash!  Uh.....Roger, we have a problem!

Dang it, if it wasn't something we could have prevented with a little scheduled maintenance.   Anyway, Our drainage pipe was clogged (which happens if you don't maintain), and the automatic shut off valve didn't automatically shut off when the pan filled up (guess we better get that taken care of).  After Roger spent 30 minutes in the 200 degree attic, we put the handy dandy shop vac to use, and got the problem taken care of.  But, unfortunately, not before the pan overflowed and now we have a couple of small stains on the ceiling to take care of, a little dry wall repair, and another lesson learned.   Tomorrow, we will make sure to provide a little maintenance to the second unit before it's too late!  Don't forget those small and easy maintenance procedures that can save you lots of time and money in the longrun.  For a great Home Maintenance checklist, visit

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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The human race is often blamed for destroying our planet. Yet if all our intervention stopped, including regular maintenance (as evidenced by a TV documentary on the subject), the Earth would become a pretty forlorn and unusable, un-navigable, overgrown and wild place after only a short period of time. 

Aug 01, 2011 10:30 AM #31
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

If all the money that was lost to home sellers because of deferred home maintenance were tallied, it would represent a significant loss of market value that would astound folks.


Aug 01, 2011 11:10 AM #32
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Oh Amy, I can fix that little mess right up!  ;-). Hey, congrats on that little shinny thing you got!  Always good to see a friend on the feature board!



Aug 01, 2011 11:59 AM #33
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Amy, If its maintenance you want, don't marry a builder...he builds it once, and I nag of do the fixing myself! LOL

Aug 01, 2011 04:40 PM #34
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

Amy I freaked out when I moved some furniture and saw water spots on my table and realized the table had been under the AC vent.  I thought oh no I dont want to be one of those without AC we better get the serviceman out here.  I called thinking OMG we will have a pan drip in the attic, luckily the AC checked out and they said the drips were just condensate becasue my vents are located close to the front and back door that opens.  WHEW !!  You are right maintenance buys peace of mind

Aug 01, 2011 05:13 PM #35
Conor MacEvilly
RE/MAX On Market in Ballard. Seattle - Seattle, WA

As with most agents, we can walk into a listing and start spotting deferred maintenance and smaller defects at will since we have seen the same things over and over. As I stood looking at the exterior of my own home last week, the phrase "physician heal thyself" sprung to mind. Time for me to take care of that list of items I've been procrastinating on!


Aug 02, 2011 05:15 AM #36
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

Amy, Your experience will be a good teaching for me! We've got to find a way to handle routine maintenance.  Maybe following a schedule... (works for me).  Thanks for your post.

Aug 02, 2011 05:57 AM #37
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great reminder!  Glad you caught it early and where there to manage it.  Good luck!

Aug 02, 2011 07:43 AM #38
Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Just had a new install on the A/C.. Need to practice what I preach in terms of maintenance. Always something.. Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 02, 2011 08:08 AM #39
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Yep, it sure is wise to practice what we preach. I posted a blog a year or so ago.  "Every Three Years, Pretend Like Your Moving". This weekend I finally took my own advice and tackled a large closet to weed out. WOW, had I only done that a little more frequently!  It wasn't messy, but it sure was crowded. Now, it's clean, clean, clean and everything looks great.  My husband learned that air conditioner lesson a long time ago, so now he calendars his maintenance checks on our own systems.  Nothing like having that kind of financial surprise if we don't!

Aug 02, 2011 09:39 AM #40
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I just had my system cleaned as part of the annual maintenace fee I pay. I do need ot change the filters every once in a while!

Aug 02, 2011 04:31 PM #41
Thomas Haught
The Russell Realty Group - Saugus, MA

Thomas Haught

This is the reason my days off are filled with mostly "gotta do lists".  Everytime I turn around there's more to be done

Aug 02, 2011 04:59 PM #42
Aubrey Kahn
Firm Foundation Home Inspections Inc - Kissimmee, FL

As an inspector (remeber the story of the coblers kids) I spend very little time taking care of the problems at my home, my wife calls the appropriate repair person and has it taken care of because, after dealing with OPH (other peoples homes) I usually just want to relax (never happens). When inspecting homes I always present my clients with a home maintenence manual which contains tips and charts showing what and when things must be done. Women love being able to keep track of what their hubbies are supposed to do and regular maintenence helps keep the value of the property where it belongs.

Aug 02, 2011 05:11 PM #43
Marshall Brown
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC - Fargo, ND

Attic AC units always scared the bleep out of me. Water problems waiting to happen.

The condensation is supposed to drain to a readily visible location so you can see when AC is running and there is no condensation flowing. Ideally there are two drains, one mounted higher than the other, so that when the first is clogged the water rises and flows out from the second drain. On the lower end one pipe is cut a few inches shorter than the other so when the shorter one starts flowing you know that the primary has clogged. The next step in drainage is your kitchen ceiling.

Aug 02, 2011 05:14 PM #44
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Olga - My home would certainly become forlorn with no maintenance.... Still working on that list.

Lenn - Absolutely.  I'm glad, our issue was caught in time, and I will be more careful with my maintenance from now on.... I know better.

Laura - There's no doubt in my mind you could fix it right up.... Have a good one!

Ellen - That's part of my problem..... My husband fixes things for a living!  But getting him to fix things at home....ARGHHHH!

Marilyn - Glad your issue was en easy deal too.... Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.

Conor - Yeah.... I'm am always busy, and don't find the time.  And then it costs more time (and money) in the longrun! 

Juan - I've always had a schedule.... Now, I'm going to actually follow it ;0)


Aug 02, 2011 10:03 PM #45
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Jan - I'm glad it was an easy fix too..... It's all taken care of now, and I have learned to follow my own advice!  Thanks.

Bill - You are so right..... It's always something.  Better take care of that new system.

Karen - That's funny, my cleaning motto is "Live like you are selling".... Doesn't always work for me (obviously).  Have a great day!

Gerard - Filters are next on my list..... Today!

Thomas - I like how you refer to them as days off.  I usually work harder on my "days off"....always something that needs to be done, huh?

Aubrey - Great example of the shoemaker (#26).... I think I have a home maintenance guide somewhere :0)

Marshall - My husband hates those units in the attice :0(  Fortunately, our damage was minimal.....I hate to think what could have happened had we been away from home!

Aug 02, 2011 10:11 PM #46
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Amy - had something similar happen to us.  Those darn AC units... isn't it just like them to break when we're all having hot hot hot weather!  

Aug 03, 2011 04:49 AM #47
Nancy Plummer, Andrews & Associates Realty, Sarasota, FL

Maintenance suggestion for the A/C drain: Use that shop vac to suction out any "gunk" growing in your drain pipe. It's much easier than trying to blow the stuff out (especially with a ceiling location for the drain tray). Just hook up the vac hose to your outside drain, then fire-up the vac. Learned this one last year when having my A/C serviced. Much better than using bleach in the pan (esp. for a unit inside your ceiling -- the bleach smell would drive you right outta there). A good idea also is to use those anti-algae tablets in the tray.



Aug 03, 2011 05:44 AM #48
Sean Williams
AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors - Louisville, KY
Your Louisville Realtor

Regular maintence may be a paint but can save you LOTS of money down the road...

Aug 03, 2011 10:54 AM #49
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Home inspections are great because a good Home Inspector provides a maitenance checklist.  Another important thing is to clean the gutters every year.

Aug 04, 2011 05:28 AM #50
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