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Benefits Of Getting Involved With Your House

There are some very good reasons for not turning over the maintenance of your house to other people.

Sure, there are some things you must pay for - an annual service contract for your furnace and AC, winterizing your sprinkler system or swimming pool, cleaning high gutters or effecting certain repairs.

But many other things you can and SHOULD REGULARLY do for yourself, particularly when something is new.  And especially when you move into a new house!  But why?

When you are involved with the various aspects of your house it gives you a terrific advantage - you develop the understanding of what something sounds like when it is working properly.  You can smell when something is not right.  You can feel if something is too hot or cold, vibrating in a funny way, or is wet or dry.  The benefits of knowing these things is hard to calculate!

When you get a new appliance, read the manual!  We bought a new freezer a year ago.  A couple of months later my wife heard a very loud klaxon coming from the basement.  I had never heard such a sound before.  I went downstairs and the freezer door was slightly cracked open.  I closed it, but the sound did not go away.  So I read the manual.  It is programmed into the NEW appliance that when the temperature raises too high, a sound should go off.  There is a button inside the freezer to turn off the sound until the temperature gets back down to where it should be.  Then you can turn the button back on.  It is a terrific warning!  We had replaced an old freezer that did not have that feature - AND I DID NOT KNOW!

I have two previous posts on home maintenance chores.  I share them again here.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1338217/jay-s-fall-winter-seasonal-chores-list

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1041098/some-and-summer

 

My recommendation:  Be proactive!  Be complete!  Give your house your undivided attention!  Be the king, or queen, of your home's maintenance.  You will find yourself on top of things as they occur.  This will save you time, save you money and save you stress.  And you'll feel really good about yourself too!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 11 commentsJay Markanich • December 29 2009 06:41AM

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"Read the manual?"  Interesting concept...  LOL

I do it just to amaze my wife.  Actually learn stuff from time to time.

Good post!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) almost 9 years ago

I'm not always too good at that either Mike!  Usually it is on a need-to-know basis...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

I didn't know appliance, tools, etc came with manuals, who knew ;-)

Posted by Al Wright (Affordable Canadian Home Inspections) almost 9 years ago

What do you know Al!?  Makes you wonder what'll come next...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay great advice.  I know Steve gave up all that stuff to Nutsy and pays daily for his choice:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Well, Charlie, I hope it is paying dividends...!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jay,

I gave up all the stuff to Nutsy and it is paying big dividends. Your freezer story is interesting...seems like they could have put a beeper or a small siren or something so it did not sound so much like it had a loose fanbelt or something.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Nice post and I am also subscribing because on your comment at Charles post, you had a Zappa poster in your dorm room. For that reason, you have to have an interesting blog! Have a great new year!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Stevesy - a klaxon is a siren, though not the human type. 

Russell - well thanks!  But I hope the blogs are interesting too!  We try, we try...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

I want my home insurance to be just like my health/dental/vision insurance where it will pay for the broken window, the screen door that I walked through, the kitchen drawer that broke....

Zoey the Cool Cat is the Queen of this house!

Happy New Year!

Posted by Not a real person almost 9 years ago

Russel R. - Wow, not mine!  I wouldn't be able to afford it!  But what's that got to do with maintenance?

Thanks for the New Year wishes.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago

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