November 27th, 2013 2:58 PM by Eileen Denhard
"An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure"
- Benjamin Franklin
Safeguard Your Home
The prospect of caring for your home with all its square footage may seem overwhelming. But don't let that keep you from moving forward. The key is to make a list of areas that need regular attention, and then break that list into smaller, more manageable groups. Like automaker Henry Ford once said, "nothing is particularly difficult if you divide it into small jobs." Keep in mind that the items on the list don't all have to be done at the same time. In fact, some tasks divide themselves naturally based on the time of year. For example, maintaining your air conditioner and cleaning gutters.
A Home Inspection: To ensure nothing is left off the list, start by doing your own home inspection, including the following steps:
Make a "To Do" List
Now that you've done a walk-through inspection, use the inventory to prepare a comprehensive "To Do" list of needed repairs and regular maintenance. It's also helpful to pull out the home inspection that was conducted when you acquired the home and make a note of any needed repairs.
Here is a sample checklist to print out with some areas that need routine home maintenance. Some may need attention more than once a year. Add other chores at the bottom:
Home Maintenance Checklist
Examine roof for any worn areas.Notes:
Hose off exterior and treat any mildewed areas.Notes:
Trim any trees that touch the house.Notes:
Wood decks and porches should be thoroughly treated every couple of years either with paint, stain, or water-sealant.Notes:
Examine the fireplace for cracks, deterioration and creosote buildup and have flues cleaned regularly.Notes:
Inspect plumbing shutoff valves, circuit breakers, septic system, etc.Notes:
Vacuum exterior of heating registers, vents and ducts.Notes:
Touch-up exterior paint and make fence repairs.Notes:
Clean carpets and window treatments. Notes:
When you fill out the list, note the appropriate season when some of the tasks should be done. That way you can group tasks quickly and you'll be less likely to overlook items. In the "notes" section, record the date you performed the maintenance and anything unusual you found. You also might want to note any materials you need before your next home check-up, such as new filters for your cooling or heating system. Keep up with the list, updating it with each new appliance purchase or home addition.Once you break home maintenance duties down into manageable groups and do the prescribed chores faithfully, a seemingly enormous task becomes possible. But more importantly, you're preserving a valuable financial asset and your family's shelter for years to come.