One of the things that many people find one of the less fun parts of home owning, or in some cases leasing or renting, is the maintenance. Keeping up with the minor things that go wrong, fixing them, and repairing things until they work takes attention and diligence. And some people find joy and pride in doing the tasks that maintain their home or even improve it. Some things need to be checked or tested periodically, such as once a year, while others are seasonal or tied to other events. For instance, some items should be checked every spring or whenever the local water level rises above a certain point.
Maintenance is cleaning what becomes dirty; repairing what breaks; doing the things that keep damage from occurring. For instance, keeping wood dry protects it from warping or from having mold grow on it. Proper maintenance keeps the basic home infrastructure in good shape so it is safe and can be made pleasant.
Would you like to create or add to some of the following articles about how to perform some preventative maintenance and repair work?
- preventing a clog or unclogging a drain
- cleaning the gutters
- changing the air filter
- cleaning the chimney
- testing the alarms
The cost of home maintenance will vary widely. Some of the factors that affect how much you should budget include the age and condition of the home, your ability or desire to do the work yourself. If you are renting, the majority of the maintenance and related expenses are usually the responsibility of the owner. However, some rental agreements, lower the rent paid in return for some care done by the renters. And maintenance of the contents is still usually the responsibility of the contents' owner, that is usually the renter.
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- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
- Do It Yourself (DIY)
- spring maintenance checklist
- summer maintenance checklist
- fall maintenance checklist
- winter maintenance checklist
- annual maintenance checklist
- Michigan State University's data base on Home Maintenance And Repair
- "Simple procedures for making home repairs and performing home maintenance are covered. Removing stains from carpets or upholstery and from other surfaces is included as is the cleaning for a wide variety of finishes found in the home."
- the Home Maintenance Checklist from the How To Library on Bob Vila's site
- Demesne's Home Maintenance and Repair Information: Checklists and Info to Keep Your Home Humming (checklists organized by month)
- WikiHow on How to Become a Fix It All Householder