Some Maintenance Required

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

With proper maintenance, things work better and longer.

jeepThis is a Willys Jeep Military M38. 

When I enlisted in the Army in 1981, these were the primary mode of transportation along with larger “Deuce and a halfs” and “5 tons” most of which had been manufactured at the tail end of WWII (Early 1950s). Catastrophic accidents aside, each of these jeeps was in service for 30+ years before being replaced by SUVs and ultimately HUMVEEs.

When’s the last time you used a vehicle for 30+ years?

How did the Army keep these things rolling for so long?

The answer is easy: “Regular Maintenance” . . . Every vehicle driver was required to check EVERY vehicle prior to driving it EVERY time – Fluid levels, lights, tire pressure, etc – and if something wasn’t working right, off to the maintenance shop for immediate repair. Everything was documented in a Log including miles driven every time the vehicle was driven.

This same degree of maintenance was required for ALL equipment and weapons ALL of the time. After all, no one wanted to be in a HOT zone with non functional equipment. Our lives depended on this.

The mantra was simple: Every use would begin with assessment of readiness using a checklist and end with thorough cleaning and assessment. Even equipment that was not used frequently was “exercised” on a set schedule and maintained accordingly.

So . . . While we spent lots of time training, we also spent about the same amount of time keeping our equipment clean and functionally ready.

The result was reliability of performance and longevity.

How does this apply to our personal and professional lives?

  • Automobiles
  • Lawn Equipment
  • House (and systems)
  • Yard
  • Children
  • Our own bodies
  • Our minds
  • Our Spiritual well-being
  • Our Social and emotional states
  • Our families
  • Our friendships
  • Our pets
  • Our professional expertise
  • Our database – Sphere of Influence
  • Our discipline
  • Our readiness to live a full life

and the list goes on . . .

Slow down and pay attention to regular maintenance in all aspects of your life, and enjoy the reward of a longer and richer existence while in this human form.


Residential Real Estate Principal Broker and Founder of Pareto Realty, LLC. Creating the quintessential real estate firm with emphasis on "Live, Work, & Play" balance . . . and a true Performance Oriented environment for Real Estate Professionals. Serving the Real estate needs of Home Buyers and Sellers in Middle Tennessee.

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Barry Owen

Principal Broker
Pareto Realty
Nashville, TN

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Barry Owen,

You offered some pretty insightful advice this morning. Regular maintenance is important in all these areas if we expect to lead a rich, full longer existence!

Jul 25, 2016 09:32 PM #1
Shirley wright

Have been reading your posts and responding :: hope you are getting them :: always a weaker upper :) :)

Jul 25, 2016 09:53 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barry- I love how you tied in regular maintenance of the jeep with many other things in our lives.  If we maintain these things and people that can stay with us for many years. 

Jul 30, 2016 08:16 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                                Thank you Barry Owen 

Jul 30, 2016 11:43 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Barry Owen this applies to our bodies and healthy living as well as maintaining our homes and vehicles....and jeeps are "bullet proof" vehicles...I have one I bought new in 2001 and it runs like it's still new....I'll keep it until it's 20+ years old....  our bodies need to be maintained daily with healthy eating and strength training plus aerobics...

Jul 30, 2016 09:26 PM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

A lost art for sure. It's a throw away world we live in now. People don't expect things to last and most things are not built to last. So sad. 

Jul 30, 2016 09:55 PM #6
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

True true true!  I used to feel sorry for sellers who were faced with a huge repair bill after inspections -- but then I realized it was the cost of deferring maintenance.  Pay as you go, or face a bigger bill ten years down the road.

Jul 30, 2016 10:16 PM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've had my flip flops for 18 years. I hand wash them. I take very good care of my things and always have resale in mind for my high ticket items.


And I've never been in the army.LOL 

Jul 30, 2016 10:21 PM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barry. Regular is easy to say and hard to practice. Enjoy your day!

Jul 30, 2016 10:44 PM #9
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

You didn't get into the cost associated with not doing regular maintenance. Suffice to say it's probably tenfold. Good one Barry! Here via Kathy.

Jul 30, 2016 11:09 PM #10
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

Looks like I need to add a few more things to the clipboard.

Jul 30, 2016 11:42 PM #11
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great blog post!  I can see why Kathy chose to include it this week!

Jul 31, 2016 12:13 AM #12
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My parents taught me about maintenance and keeping things until they break. My dad still has a 71 Datson that runs like a top.

Jul 31, 2016 06:13 AM #13
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The M38 are extremely durable and simple to service.  Karl Moranz, a Vienna Jew, worked as a mechanic in Shanghai during WW2 because China was the only country will take Jews w/o a visa or restriction. He fixed all surplus jeeps w/o ordering spare parts. He removed a needed part from a stand alone jeep to put on another M38. He will make parts on a lathe w/o drawing.  Around 1949 as the advancing red army converging in Shanghai a nationalist officer asked Karl where to find gasoline.  He said I will get you gas. Can you please get me out of Shanghai? He siphoned with his mouth and a hose enough gas out these jeeps and he fled with KMT army together. 

Jul 31, 2016 06:26 AM #14
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The M38 got me started and I apologize I get side tracked. The old iron like Selectric works better than the new word processors.


Later in Poughkeepsie, NY Karl did it again. This time building mainframe computer single handed. After first proto type an army of engineers come with tape measure, making drawings out of his crafted machine.  Then make 1000x more. I saw one of his cutouts at Mtn View Computer Museum(next to Google) recently.

Jul 31, 2016 06:38 AM #15
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Very true that anything that is worth having for the long term requires regular maintenance. Thank you for sharing!

Jul 31, 2016 07:42 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Barry

This was an insightful analogy to remind us about all the things we should keep in mind from a maintenance perspective - the personal, including our health, may be the most important.


Jul 31, 2016 10:00 AM #17
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

At least once a year, I walk through my house and make notes of all the things that need fixing or tweaking, and then hire a handyman to come for a week or so and work on it. My handyman says he sees very few homeowners do this. But I do it because you never know when the opportunity to sell might present itself, ha, ha, ha, and I want to be ready!

Jul 31, 2016 10:01 AM #18
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barry Owen - excellent way of connecting! Yes, maintenance is required - not only for objects but also for relationships.

How well we do it will decide what happens to that thing or relationship!

Aug 01, 2016 02:51 PM #19
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