By Steve Hembree
Over the last 15 years as an inspector, I have seen firsthand the effects of deferred maintenance on a home. Here at Management One, we believe wholeheartedly in maintaining properties to avoid the pitfalls of deferred maintenance.
Every house has costs: Cost to buy, property tax cost, and cost to maintain, these are the big three on the list. The first two are what they are. The cost to buy is negotiable, the property tax is not (save for choosing where to buy), but the maintenance is by far the most malleable, and far and away the most overlooked and least thought about. Thus, we have deferred maintenance on the very thing that provides us shelter and a place to call home.
What needs maintaining in a home?
- The Plumbing
- The Paint
- Any of the other 3300 items.
For this article, we’re really directing our focus towards wood rot, preventing it, and how the cost can rise quickly when the maintenance is deferred.