When working with new homebuyers a question that often arises is “what happens if the hot water tank breaks?”. Now it may seem obvious to those who currently own but to those who haven’t it can be a cause of sheer panic. Heck, even those who own and are familiar with home maintenance can panic at any unexpected expense.
I’ve been working on a video series called Home Maintenance Minutes over the last year with the aim to cover home maintenance items that often arise during home inspections: furnace filters, moss on a roof… etc. These smaller and regular maintenance items are critical to preventing larger scale expenses and panic situations.
With that said, how does a homeowner plan and prioritize home maintenance items? That is the target for this blog post and if you’re facing items and feeling a bit overwhelmed then this blog is for you.
Step 1: Identify Needs and Wants
Identifying Needs and Wants will aid in a building a workable list of maintenance items that can be addressed in the near future and wants that can be done without until the right time. It is helpful to ask your spouse, friend, parent, or even kids to assist and walk through and around the home taking notes.
Example: A Need is to replace a leaking garbage disposal. A Want is get a new flat screen for the master bedroom. A Need is to replace a leaking faucet and a Want to pick up the new release of Call of Duty.View More