Home Inspector Joseph Tribuzio 450.003128 Serving the greater Chicago area of Illinois
The cost of procrastination
Putting things off untill later, well everyone does it for a vareity of reasons. I see many homes that were not well cared for and basically neglected for some reason or other.
Sure It seems everyone has to do a lot more to get ahead these days, so instead of taking care of that detail, that little project, or chore thats been on your to do list, you try to put it off until you 'HAVE TO' do something about it. You have worked all day and want to rest - nothing bad has happened yet.. to your knowledge.
That would be okay with most things, but from my experience as a home inspector for 8 years, it should not apply to home maintanence. When you own a home or anything of value, it needs to be taken care of, ESPECIALLY if it is older- Sadly - it seems out culture has made most things disposable, like kitchen appliances, Televisions, cell phones, computers, lap tops, etc.. what do YOU do if one breaks - get it repaired? heck no -NOW you can get the latest one on the market!! :)
But, homes were built to last - if they are cared for...and honestly, it just takes a little care now to prevent a big problem later. That is the point i want to drive in here.
MOST HOMES AROUND CHICAGO LAND ARE BUILT IN 1920s and 1930s...Now its easy to see the point of taking care of something that old - I think it is taken for granted with homes but if you think in terms of an automobile, you already understand that a poorly maintained car wont be on the road too long - Its the same for that house, but even more so! if you have an antique car, you make sure the oile lines and gas lines, and tires can handle day to day use- SAME THING GOES FOR A VINTAGE OR ANTIQUE HOME! ( but thats not to say that new homes dont need maintenance too)
As much as you can say, 'its been fine so far.." i know you are wise enough to know that almost everything in this world is slowly deteriorating. It just takes a little effort and monitoring, and you can care for a house that protects you and your family.
1) PROTECT THE OUTER SHELL OF YOUR HOME SO IT CAN PROTECT YOU .
2) GET PROFESSIONAL REGULAR MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR HEATING / COOLING SYSTEMS
3) LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN ABOUT YOUR HOME AND ITS SYSTEMS - ESPECIALLY HOW TO CARE FOR IT.
Today it might just be your gutters are full of leaves - but tomorrow it may get so clogged by winter you have an ice dam forming and water is running into your walls..
It might be a furnace filter that has not been changed each month- but has choked the system out so bad, it dies on you prematurely.
You kind of remember that sump pump worked that one time, but you didnt know that at some point it died. You only find out after a huge rainstorm and discover a basement full of water - how much would that cost you?
In this economy, we need to prevent surprise costs from draining our savings - how do you do that? From being pro active and taking care of that little maintenance task, or repair or call to a pro, do it now before it costs you more than you have saved.
If you ever have a concern or a question, call a pro, like me and we can help - BUT don't be afraid to learn on your own how to take care of your home.