Pay a little now, or pay substantially more later --- Starting a preventative maintenance program in your home is one of the easiest tasks that you'll ever face. And the improvement in your finances and your comfort can be impressive.
Over time, people expect that their homes will increase in value. But the amount of increase can be reduced by 25% or more annually if small problems are allowed to become major headaches. An exam of your home can expose those small problems before they have a chance to do that.
If you take the time to do an annual home inspection, and you keep the results as a journal, you can actually increase the eventual sale price of your home.
The journal will reveal a detailed history of your home and provide prospective buyers with reassurance that the home was well cared for and holds few surprises. "Peace of Mind" can add thousands of dollars to the eventual sale price of your home.
Or, if you'd prefer, we assembled five years worth of inspection checklists into a bound 8½" x 11" volume, available on Amazon.
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"Do It Yourself"
Traditional / Old School
When projects are done entirely by the homeowner. This method may, or may not involve permits that list the homeowner as the "general contractor" and may, or may not reduce the coverage of a homeowner's insurance policy.
Delegate It Yourself
ALWAYS used by government officials and corporate CEOs to claim credit for "building" something.
Unless you really enjoy doing home projects, many are beyond the skill sets of most modern Americans. The problem is that most people delay projects until they have become unavoidable, complicated and expensive. Catch the problems early by doing annual physical check ups of your home (Or delegate that, too). You'll know what needs to be done, what should be done and figure out if your time is better spent doing, watching or relaxing and have someone else do it.