Home maintenance is different than making home repairs. It is to fix by replacing, cleaning, oiling or painting the components that make up the physical home and keeping them doing what they were intended to do. When those components fail, we fix it with a repair or replacement.
Some examples of maintenance items are painting trim, oiling an electric motor, replacing or cleaning furnace filters, replacing light bulbs and keeping the lawn and shrubs free of weeds and trimmed. If maintenance items are left unattended the components cannot function indefinitely before something goes wrong. If the aforementioned examples were left unattended; wood would rot, motors would burn out, filters would clog and strain the furnace, the house would be dark at night and the lawn choked with weeds.
There is a multitude of remedies, tricks, theories and products offered to help homeowners maintain their homes in the market place. “How to” questions about maintaining a home are often asked, browse the questions, search by subject or just Ask Monty. We are here to help.