Maturing into a homeowner means getting a crash course in dealing with all the tiny household maintenance tasks that need to be addressed from time to time. Even new homes aren’t flawless. Occasionally, homeowners have to deal with clogged sinks or squeaky doors. Homeowners aren’t perfect, either, and mishaps mean they might abruptly find themselves having to patch a hole in their drywall or replace a cracked floor tile.
There’s always something to do when you own a home. Although many of those things are quick fixes, there are those issues within a home that could make you realize you don’t know where to begin trying to solve them. For many problems, it’s pretty simple to figure out what went wrong and easily correct them. Yet how do you know where to begin solving a problem such as a room with a draft, or a faucet that won’t stop leaking?
Even the most seasoned homeowner will face one or two of these types of difficulties from time to time, and it can get more complex to figure out how to solve them as the house ages and the problems start to add up. An average homeowner will spend roughly 1 to 4 percent of the value of his or her home each year on maintenance and repairs. This gets to be a much larger cost as a house ages. Persistent problems such as cold floors or excessive dust might seem like insignificant inconveniences to a homeowner who has lived in the home for a long time and become used to them. However, when it comes time to sell that house, a possible homebuyer might only be thinking of the 1 to 4 percent he or she would have to spend each year and wonder if it might be more expensive in that house.
If you’re feeling troubled by some common house problems, this checklist could help you find the answers. Keep this house maintenance checklist handy and refer to it the next time something seems wrong in your home and you’re unsure where to start in terms of fixing it. Owning a home means you often have to roll up your sleeves and solve a problem yourself. This resource provides a good starting point to evaluate your options.
Brandon Cartee is the owner of Foundation Repair Services. It is a full service specialty contracting company that helps both residential and commercial buildings throughout North and South Carolina.