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Why Care About Home Maintenance?

Jan 3, 2008
The home is one of the most important investments that people always make in life, so home maintenance is very importanat. It will be good for us to care for this great investment that we have made. Preventive maintenance will be good for home owners. Than to stay like that, later you start spending your money and time for maintaining your home. So it will be better for you the home owner to employer a professional for maintenance, so that he or she will look at your your home from time to time. Preventive maintenance of your home will make you avoid repairs, reduce energy consumption, time wasted, and it will also extend the life span of your home.

The regular inspection or monitoring of your home by a contractor or a real estate professional agent for home maintenance, with whom you have arrange with to be inspecting your roof from leakages, walls from cracks, etc. is a good, so that, any fault realized it will be repaired immediately. Than to allow your home without regular inspection, later on go for the buying of materials in large quantities, which will be so expensive for you the home owner.

It is easy to carry out regular inspection and maintenance. Some components or equipments need more or less frequent inspection. If maintenance is done in any part of your home, it will be better that note should be taken where the repairs were done and when it was done. So that, proper care should be taken. Home owners should make sure they look for professional home maintenance inspectors, than to be doing the job themselves.

For the general inspection of the outer parts of the home (Exterior).

1) The roof should be inspected for damages and missing shingles. Electrical cables should be well insulated if they are passed on the roof. Tree branches should be cut from the roof. And the supports of television antennas and satellite dishes should be checked.

2) Gutters and Downspout should be checked for blockage and leakage due to rust. Downspout seam should be checked.

3) Walls should be inspected, if there are cracks and separating. And wall built with wood should be inspected for loose or damage boards.

4) The foundations should be inspected if there are cracks on it.

5) Doors and Windows should be checked, if they need any replacement of glasses or door lock.

6) The chimney should be inspected for broken bricks or loose mortar joins. If it is a metal chimney it should be inspected for rust and missing rain cap

The electrical connections should be inspected always by an electrician, so, as to avoid current leakages. The main panel should be checked always if all the fuses are in place and if the correct ratings of the fuses are used. The earth cables should be inspected if there are grounded. And loose cables should be connected to their rightful terminals.

A technician should be in place that will check the cooling/heating system of the house when the season comes from leakages. All other heating or cooling equipments in the house should be checked for damages or leakage.

A plumber should always inspect the pipes for leakages. The drainage system of the house should be inspected to avoid blockages. Toilets should be checked properly.

All this information about the maintenance of different faults that may occur in you home should be done by a competent technician, who is specialist in that field.
About the Author
Eric Mabo is a Real Estate Consultant in Atlanta, who specializes in Atlanta foreclosures. He helps people find real estate deals.
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