The wants, needs and shoulds of homeownership.

With a home comes issues and repairs that will require attention. Often several of  these situations will all arise at the same time. Which do we address first?

First do the things you need that you’ll need to do – These are the items that threaten the properties structure and your safety. These items must be addressed immediately as they may violate building codes. Examples of these items range from smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to updating your electrical wiring and ground fault circuit interrupters. One should eliminate mold, lead paint or asbestos that may be in your residence to prevent health issues. Wobbly hand rails can be a safety hazard therefore should be addressed before someone is hurt.

Second address the items that are recommended you do – These are the items that pertain to preventative maintenance and will save you money now and in the future. I call these items the money in the bank items because they save you from the problems that catch you when you don’t have any money. Examples may include patching  foundation cracks, addressing poor insulation issues, sealing cracks around doors and windows, replacing existing windows with some that are energy star efficient  and also addressing roof leaks. Treating for termites is often overlooked yet very important along with the servicing of your heating and cooling system. The heating and cooling system works hard on the hottest and coolest days of the year. If you don’t want to experience failure when you need it most, have it serviced annual by a professional. If you can upgrade to products and appliances with the Energy Star approval.

Last you want to take care of the items that you want to do – These are the items that you’ll see first with or without a trained eye. These are the cosmetic details that will aggravate you if they are not done yet they bear no effect on the safety and neither do the sacrifice the integrity of the structure.  One has to be careful not to burn the budget on this before addressing the above categories first. Examples include patching holes, cabinet pulls, painting, flooring and tile etc.. Sure , we’d all like to replace the tub surround with tile and add storage shelves in our basement but these items are in the back of the line.

First things first.
  1. Get your home healthy.
  2. Get your home functioning properly and efficiently (Save Money)
  3. Make it pretty.

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