Rethinking Home Maintenance

Posted by 4 Forty Four

In his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (2004, Free Press, New York), author Stephen Covey lists as his #1 “habit”: Be Proactive.

Counsel to anticipate problems and to “be prepared” applies to all manner of life activities, from professional career to protecting our health and, yes, to home maintenance.

If one were to ask a stranger on the street an example of “home maintenance,” common responses might include “exterior paint,” “a new roof,” or “replace rotten siding.” While these answers are all correct, the question and the subject cover a much larger spectrum.

Home maintenance is one of those things frequently placed in the “out of sight – out of mind” category.  We tend to assume that if a roof is not leaking, then everything about the roof, including the interior ceiling and the attic, is fine.

While this may be true, in my 18 years of experience in the construction trades and as a contractor, I have seen many circumstance and situations.   Things looking good on the surface may actually be deceiving.

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