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Home Maintenance and Repair

Taking care of your home properly is at best inconvenient and at worst, a time consuming and expensive endeavor. Maintenance and repairs are expensive. Contractors are a pain. Improvements or remodeling can be a nightmare.

Well, we here at HomeWorks are here to help.

The first step in saving time and money is to be informed. Information is the key. Knowing what you need to about home maintenance and repairs is the first step.

You may also choose a professional for the convenience. Even if you have the skills
to do a repair, you may not have the tools or the time to do the repair in a timely
fashion or would like to spend your free time with your family and friends.
Don’t forget quality. Poor workmanship or low quality materials can cost you more in
the end. Repairs must be done properly to maintain the value, beauty and safety of
your home.

It is very important to fix problems in your home as soon as you are
aware of them. Minor problems can become major ones if not addressed
promptly. A faulty light switch is a minor inconvenience
now, but could easily lead to a fire if not taken care of soon. A leaky pipe
Can not only cause damage to walls, floors and ceilings but can
cause an unhealthy, serious and costly mold problem. And a broken
step or loose handrail can cause an unwelcome trip to the emergency
room.

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Some home maintenance tasks are relatively simple and can be done
without professional help. Others are not so easy. Unless you are
skilled in wiring, plumbing, carpentry, drywall repair, windows, masonry
repair and the like, you should probably rely on an expert. Use your
judgment. If you feel you can’t or shouldn’t handle a particular task competently or
safely, it’s better to call a professional.

Preventive Maintenance

The object is to have the components that make up your home reach their full life expectancies, reduce the possibility of any disrepair costing you additional money, and prevent depletion of your equity and hard-earned cash.

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Homeowners know the importance of scheduled maintenance like changing the oil in their cars, in order to keep them running properly, efficiently, and for longer, and take the time to do so. Most people know that engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. Preventive maintenance on key components in your home is just as important, if not more, as changing the oil in your car.

Here’s an example beginning at the peak of your home: Doing a quick visual inspection on your roof can give away signs of an impending dilemma. Indications of a deteriorating roof can include thinning, worn, cracked or missing shingles, exposed roof deck and felt, protruding nail heads and excessive deflection in the roof sheathing. These are the easily visible signs, and are easily remedied by repairing the shingles, which guards against further injury to the roof.

How important is preventive maintenance? Preventive maintenance can mean the difference between maintaining the value in your home or depleting the equity you might have gained; keeping hard earned cash in your pocket, or throwing it into the wind.

Schedule your maintenance tasks to be as low-impact on your household as possible. Not having any air conditioning, heat, or hot water can be very unpleasant for everyone in your household. Minimizing these uncomfortable situations is not difficult– if you have a schedule, and know how and when to perform certain tasks.

The way to maintain that appreciation is to do minor routine tasks, proactively and systematically, to help keep the home operating and functioning normally. Many home fires and losses could have been avoided if the homeowner had a system in place to avoid such disasters.

Preventive maintenance saves you money. A heat circulation pump that is used to move the hot water around your home for heat should be oiled at least once a year.

If you don’t repair the roof as necessary, the damage can compound exponentially without you being able to see it. The hard-to-see signs and places damaged by wood rot and mold, which could have been prevented, are not picked up until it is too late, costing you a fortune in structural repairs and environmental remediation.

Preventive maintenance is a very powerful tool that can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars– but only if you take action. Imagine if you do this, by the end of the year you will have completed 52 preventive maintenance tasks.

Keeping a log on items that are replaced or installed is a good way to monitor the goings on in your home. Knowing the history or life of an item that can wear out, tracking maintenance and functioning, and knowing approximately when and how to maintain or replace it is an essential factor in keeping your home functioning properly.

Better yet, if you have an automated scheduling system in place, you minimize worry and the need to remember to do so. This can take some time to put together, but once complete, it is well worth it and a real life saver.

This is much different with homes and real estate. In some cases, people have been able to increase their net worth from the moment they closed on a home.

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The more you maintain and put into your home the more you get back when it comes time to sell. The time spent in your home can be enjoyed that much more while increasing your net worth.