Maintenance, repair and renovations are a normal part of homeownership. Once you've finally settled in, you may start to view your home with a more objective eye. It is time to review the home inspection report paying particular attention the components of your home that require maintenance. Perhaps there are things that require repair, such as the shingles, furnace, hot water heater or the windows. Make a to-do list, determine which items you can do and which items will require a professional repairman. Find out the cost of each, and then prioritize them, budget for them and schedule them.
Your home is made up of various components that are integrated and work together to provide a total living environment. These include the structural systems (the foundation, floors, walls, doors, windows, roof, siding, deck, paint – interior and exterior, sidewalks, and driveway,) and the mechanical systems (heating-ventilation-air-conditioning systems, electrical system, plumbing, appliances and fixtures). Renovating one system may have an impact on another system. For example upgrading the furnace to a high energy efficient furnace may affect the water heater or could impact chimney performance. Moisture, heat and air pressure must be balanced to ensure a healthy home.
Remember that homes, like people, get old. It's a good idea to inspect your home regularly and replace or repair parts and materials that wear out with use and time. And remember that since different components of your home work together and affect each other, minor repairs can quickly become major ones if they are not taken care of in a timely manner. By doing regular maintenance and taking care of small repairs right away, you'll avoid more costly repairs in the future.
You will probably be able to do many of the repairs yourself. However, if you feel you cannot handle the job on your own, it is best to call an expert. No matter who does the repair, remember that the work has to be well done. Bad materials and poor workmanship will end up costing you more in the end. Don't forget to keep records of any repairs and improvements you make.