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Home Repair and Maintenance
by Jinky Bagagnan
Home repair and maintenance is needed for all homes. Even new homes will undergo a settling period where the house expands and contracts over the seasons. Typically a builder provides a one year warranty period where they will come back and fix minor items such as nail pops, etc. After that period, home repair and maintenance is up to you.
As the years go by, more parts of your home will undergo normal wear and tear and need to be repaired or maintained. Many of the minor repairs you can probably handle yourself; such as re-caulking, tightening handles, or basic paint touch-up. For tackling larger repairs, acquiring the services of a handyman may be the way to go. Their experience and expertise will be invaluable when replacing a window, fixing plumbing leaks, or tackling any renovation projects.
Older homes may have a multitude of items that need to be repaired to make them easier to live in or make them more marketable for sale. A home repair service can fix all these items a lot quicker than you could yourself. They may even suggest a new coat of exterior paint or trim paint to freshen the curb appeal of the entire home. Keep in mind, you are not undertaking an entire home renovation, simply correcting years of wear and tear. Not only will these home repairs make your house more attractive to a buyer, but it will save you having to fix these items before closing.
New appliances can update a kitchen or laundry room and provide the household benefits in the present. Most appliance outlets and stores do not offer installation, only delivery. A handyman may be a good choice when installing an appliance where plumbing hookups are involved. Most handymen have installed a great number of appliances in their career and know the proper way it is done. They also know how to handle any problems that may arise during installation. The money spent up front on a proper appliance installation can save you thousands down the road if it is improperly installed and water damage or flooding occurs.
Home repair services can also be useful for providing you with tips for future maintenance. They can give you a checklist that lists when and what preventative maintenance you should perform. It will also list when you should contact a professional repair service. For example, most homeowners can replace their own furnace filters. But servicing their air handler is something best left to a professional. By them providing you money-saving tips, you are more likely to contact them next time you need a home repair handled.
You should do a little digging to ensure a home repair service or handyman is reputable. Check references and experience levels to make sure they are qualified and that past customers were satisfied.