A few years ago I conducted an Elder College course (at our local Community College) about Home Maintenance. Preparing for that I found - to my surprise - very little truly useful information online. I dove in and prepared what I hope is a good Worksheet for any home owner.
Much of the work can be done by the owner and requires few tools, but you will need to learn the basics of what you are looking at/for. Contacting a local handy-person or anyone in the construction trades is a good place to start your search for assistance. Learn more about your home and take an active part in keeping its value.
For your LOVED ONES - climbing ladders is the number one cause of accidents for owners working on their own places. It can / does happen to anyone, especially those that climb a ladder "a few times a year and have forever"! Please consider giving your ladder(s) away and letting someone with good regular ladder habits take on the high tasks for you. Those that climb regularly are much more aware of the risks and know how to do it safely, or they don't go up and find another way. Don't become a statistic = this means you. If the accidents keep happening I'll have to start relating awful stories on this page to better get your attention. There are two really important reasons to devote some time several times a year to "relatively" simple maintenance issues around the house: SAFETY - to make the systems of your house are working properly, especially gas and electrical. Dirty, unattended filters can irritate your health, and a surprise fire can seriously harm family, pets, and neighbours. FINANCIAL - save lots of money with routine maintenance rather than the major renovation cost of an unexpected major failure.
Please contact us if you have any compliments or constructive comments to make this worksheet better.