Introduction to Home Maintenance

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When you enter a new home, it is understandable if you want everything in the house to remain perfect. However, as many people soon find out, a neat look doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of home maintenance and repairs to sustain it. A majority of first-time homeowners, however, find such tasks overwhelming for several reasons. Some honestly do not know what maintenance issues are likely to crop up. While for others, it could be that they do not know how to either prevent the unforeseen emergency or how to handle it when it occurs. So, how can a homeowner stay on top of his or her home maintenance? Here are some inspirational pointers. 

Inspect the property for potential signs
Even if you had conducted a thorough property inspection before purchasing the property, it is prudent to re-examine it once you occupy it. In this instance, however, you will be on the prowl for signs of potential damage or wear. Find out what features or areas of the home are more likely to break down. While at it, also consider the geographical location of your asset, as that will significantly influence the type and frequency of maintenance activities to conduct. If you are in an area prone to heavy wind or storms, for instance, roof repairs are something that you might have to contend with frequently.


Make a list of places that need maintenance
If you desire to stay on top of your home maintenance exercise, craft a list of all areas that need attention. It should include fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide sensors, plumbing, electrical circuits, HVAC systems, water heaters, roof, gutters, crawlspace, attic, door, windows, and chimneys. You should also examine the yard to determine the kind of maintenance it requires. For instance, weeding, mowing and pruning overgrown bushes. With such a list in place, it becomes easy for you to source for whatever maintenance tool or equipment you might need.

Determine which areas you can handle 
The good thing about home maintenance is that most of the activities involved are relatively easy to handle. Excellent examples are cleaning the property, discarding the trash, doing laundry, carpet cleaning and much more. Still, others like roof repairs, servicing the HVAC systems and fixing the electricity require expert skills. Take an objective assessment of your skills and determine which among the items on your list you can handle. Moreover, make sure that you have adequate time and resources to complete the task satisfactorily. 

Learn how to inspect and service the home
If after the above assessment you discover that you lack some essential home maintenance skills, consider acquiring those skills. Thankfully, there are many offline and online platforms from which you can learn how to tackle various household repairs and maintenance. These include practical lessons and DIY videos tutorials on how to test GFCI receptacles, change batteries in a fire or smoke detector, fix a leaky tap, change a worn out or dirty AC filter, unclog the gutters, remove stubborn stains on the upholstery and much more. Armed with such knowledge, it becomes relatively easy for you to tackle those pesky repairs.

Get suitable tools
Have you ever watched a home improvement episode on TV and wondered how they manage to make the maintenance exercise look so smooth and effortless? Well, the secret is that they have the tools and supplies appropriate for the job. Do yourself a favor by sourcing the right maintenance equipment and supplies such as vacuum cleaners, pressure washers, cleaning detergents, dishwashing machines, shovels, aprons, hand gloves and any other relevant tool. Such equipping will give you an easy time when handling the repairs and maintenance exercises.

Identify reliable service contractors
If you are prudent, look for qualified professional service and maintenance contractors for your home. Go for the ones who have excellent reputations, great customer reviews and are affordable. Thanks to their background, your home will always enjoy impeccable service. It is equally important if they offer twenty-four hours emergency services. After all, you rarely know when you might need their services. It can be disastrous if a technician is unreachable when you are suffering a bathroom emergency.

Develop a maintenance schedule
At times the only reason you find property maintenance a daunting task is that you do not have a particular routine of handling it. As such, you might end up overlooking the “boring stuff “and only concentrate on the easy-to-do fun activities. The only problem is that the tasks that you ignored will eventually catch up with you in the form of breakdowns or high energy bills. Avoid such a predicament by developing a practical home maintenance and cleaning schedule and stick to it. Soon enough the entire exercise will seem effortless and natural to you.


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23 comments

  1. A dream of mine is to one day finally settle somewhere, buy a run down cottage in the middle of nowhere amongst the mountains and do the place up bit by bit just to how I want it. A post like this will come in very handy for that. :D

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  2. I don't own a home but they are great to know. I'm also the kind of person that would pay someone to do maintenace. Great tips though.

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  3. I always loved this home improvement Tv shows and would love to put this to practice!!

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  4. I don't own my one home but when I do this would be handy to be able to make sure that my home is in neat order. I like the idea of learning maintenance through courses x

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  5. I hope one day to be able to afford a place of my own, is it funny to dream of maintaining a home haha! I currently rent and it never feels quite like home xx

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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  6. Good tips! We moved into a new build so didn't have to worry but it's good to know

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  7. Yes, great advice! Thank you!

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  8. Regular maintenance checks can avoid bigger expenses in the future. I like your tip of identifying which areas in the home need regular maintenance. I would love to do repairs myself, as I am quite handy with tools. But with bigger projects, I let the husband take care of it. Thanks for this very informative post.

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  9. This is really important, especially if you are buying an older home! When we bought ours, we knew it was built in the 60's so it was obviously going to have some wear and tear. What we weren't expecting though, not long after we moved in was for there to be a random hot water leak in the floor of our bathroom. My husband ended up having to jack-hammer up the floor (through the tiles and concrete) to find the leak and then since the floor was ripped up, we ended up renovating the whole bathroom! It didn't bother us too much as we had planned to renovate the bathroom anyway, but it just happened much earlier than we anticipated!

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  10. I am not a home owner yet... but wow, that opened my eyes :-O I am pinning this post for later! Thank you!

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  11. This is such a logical approach to maintenance! I've watched so many friends and family members buy a huse and then struggle as they try to do EVERYTHING all at once. I'm saving up to buy my first home now, and I'm hoping to take things in stride as far as maintenance goes!

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  12. Great tips. Especially having a plan and a routine. Regular maintenance is so important and can make big jobs much smaller!

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  13. I don't own a home but my parents have few beautiful homes. I'll keep your tips in mind if ever I'll buy a home for myself!

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  14. I know that I would love to own my own home someday. And having a good amount of tools for various different jobs is important. You kind of collect them over time.

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  15. Owning a home definitely takes work! When my fiance and I bought our first home, we knew that because it was an older home, we would need to update a few things here and there and after all the work that we've done on the house, we absolutely love it!

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  16. My Husband received some good tools from my Dad for Birthday/ Christmas so that he's able to do things around our apartment (furniture building and fixing small things) He loves it. For My Dad it's always been important to be able to take care of smaller items if you can instead of paying someone who could overcharge you for doing something you could do yourself. Owning a home is work and you have to be prepared to put in some elbow grease from time to time.

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  17. I don't own a home yet but we plan to own one by next year end. Your approach is strategic. I'm going to save the link for future reference. Great tips! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. My husband loves to watch home improvement shows. We have all the tools he needs for our property maintenance thankfully and the know how for most jobs too. Great tips, I will get hubby to have a read too.

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  19. Even though I have my own home I have no idea about the major maintenance or what I should look at / out for. These are all great tips, I especially agree with needing the right tools for the jobs.

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  20. Purchasing a home/property is a huge investment and it's important to examine the area carefully and thoroughly as well before agreeing with the deal. These are all useful tips for people who are planning to buy a new home.

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  21. Great advise , that's make me easy to find an idea to make my house looking great

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  22. As a home owner for many years, I can say that it takes a lot of loving care to maintain a home and that there are always things that need to be fixed, changed or redone. It can be quite a chore because, like humans, homes age and need care. I work with contractors in my area to fix things up and it is ongoing.

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  23. I don't own a house yet and I don't live alone either but I definitely like to be responsible so I'll try to maintain my own room for now haha!

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