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A Practical approach saves money

practical approach to home maintenance, rather than the more common "I'll fix it when it breaks" mentality, can help homeowners save money and repair cost. The hard truth is that just about everything in a home requires some sort of maintenance, and it usually makes sense to stay ahead of the foreseeable deterioration.

Homes start aging from the second the last nail in put in and will keep running down and eventually the systems become old and need repair or replacement.

Do it yourself or hire a pro?

Whether the do-it-yourself option is a good alternative for home maintenance depends largely on the home homeowener's situation. For instance, older homeowners may not be enthusiastic enough to climb on the roof and clean out the rain gutters, while younger homeowners may be reluctant to take time away from their careers or family commitment.

For those determined to DIY, simple task such as painting or clearing overgrown brush are a good place to start. Most homeowners shouldn't attempt electrical repairs due to the risk of electrocution. Projects that require special equipment such as cleaning air ducts are also not suggested for the do-it yourself approach.

Few people enjoy house cleaning, but cleanliness can offer important home maintenance benefits, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Removing dirt can prolong the lifespan of major appliances, window treatments, floors, carpets, and many components of a typical home.

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Comments (2)

Stuart Simm
MAX Home Inspections - Lakeland, FL
The Home Inspector

David, every home inspection I do comes with a 12 month maintenance checklist and a list of projects they may want to undertake. I actually posted the checklist on one of my blogs, feel free to use it.

Sep 26, 2011 08:28 AM
David Jordan
RE/MAX Lakeland - Cypress, TX

Thanks for the offer. I will take a look at it.

Sep 26, 2011 08:36 AM