Homework Assignment

Deferred Maintenance

A common human trait; why do today what we can put off til tomorrow. We all fall victim to this from time to time. Sometimes we pay the price in a big way. Like with household repairs. If we maintained our homes on a regular basis, the overall costs of owning the home decreases. It’s when we decide to put of that maintenance and let those items grow into massive repairs when we really pay the price. A small hole in the roof tile that has a small leak doesn’t seem like much, but when we let it go unnoticed, it grows and grows until it caves in and causes major structural damage running into the tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. All it would have taken is a few pennies worth of roof tar and elbow grease and you would have saved yourself the pain in the wallet. That is just one example. Here are some other innocuous items that can grow into major repair projects.

  • Peeling or degraded exterior paint. This can cause damage to the siding and if you have ever priced out siding for a whole home, you  know how important this is!
  • Flickering light fixtures. Can be a symptom of something much more serious or just a faulty fixture, Check into it before it turns into a fire.
  • Speaking of fire, where do you think 15,000+ of home fires start per year? Dryer vents. No kidding. You have to keep them clean and clear.

Nip all these items in the bud before they blossom into major weeds that sap your savings! Happy homeownership!

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About Jeff Hansen, Realtor in Colorado

Search for homes here; www.jeffhansen.remax.com for FREE. Licensed Real Estate broker with RE/MAX Professionals at 10135 W. San Juan Way, Littleton, Colorado 80127. I have been a Realtor Since 1992 and provide Free Real Estate Advice Realtor in Littleton, Colorado and the Metro Denver Area, A Real Estate investment company focusing on the buyers and sellers of homes, also including fix and flips and rental properties, Listings and all sales of realty. (303)794-4530 Disclaimer I will not receive any compensation or take on any liability because of any conversation on this or any related web page w/o any written brokerage agreement. And there will be no relationship actual or implied because of any conversation on this or similar pages. No written agreement, therefore. AND Differ from state to state, so check your state's rules.
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