|I have found that many sellers are genuinely
shocked and totally unaware of some of the problems discovered in their homes, after a
Home Inspection has been performed. Some of the problems can stem from the initial
construction, but more often than not. . .a lack of proper maintenance is
A simple analogy is, when you purchase a
new automobile you always receive an "Owners Manual" which in great detail,
describes what to do and when to do it. All of this is designed to help you get the
most life out of your new purchase, and also save you money in the process.
On the other hand, when you bought your new home, did you
receive a "Home Owners Manual"? I highly doubt it! Your home is many
times more expensive than your car, and homes today have a large number of specialized
systems that make them very complex. Without a "Home Owners Manual", many
people are in the dark as to what they should be doing, on a regular basis, to maintain
A key thought in this whole process is, "in order
to save money, sometimes you have to spend money". In other words,
MAINTENANCE. What I have tried to do, is put together a checklist that was short
enough to be convenient and could be hung up on a furnace room wall or refrigerator, yet
detailed enough to encompass most of the main maintenance issues.
Click on the thumbnail image below to get a full-size
"Home Maintenance Checklist."