My car tells me when it needs to be serviced and won’t leave me alone until it gets it. My house on the other hand just sits there. If I ignore it moss grows on the roof, the gutters clog and deferred maintenance starts to build up.
In the last two weeks I’ve received information from two general contractors offering scheduled maintenance twice a year starting at $250 per visit. As remodeling has slowed down they are looking for other avenues of business. I like the idea. It’s stuff I know needs to be done but don’t always get to (note to self: take Christmas lights down (they look tacky)).
The visit will include:
Clean your gutters and downspouts
Check your roof and apply moss treatment, if needed
Check your siding and trim for paint and caulking failure
Check your windows and doors for caulking failure
Check your attic for mildew and ventilation issues
Check you crawlspace for water intrusion, downed heat ducts, animal intrusions
Check you bathrooms, utility room, and kitchen for caulking failure, plumbing issues
Check your smoke alarms and furnace filter
Check foundation vent screens
Check windows for thermo-seal damage
Provide you with a free estimate on anything we find that may cause future problems
The last line pretty much guarantees that you are going to get a list of potential items but wouldn’t it be better to know? It might make a good landlord program too.