Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Organizing Home Repairs

Tips for Tuesday

As a homeowner, you know the frustration of home repairs.  They seem endless.  As soon as one project is done, something else breaks.  Life is a constant stream of hammers and wrenches and wires.  So how do you keep track of everything that needs to be done on the house, and who will do the repairs? 

First, walk around your entire house, both inside and out.  Write down everything that needs to be done in each room/area.  This may be as simple as replacing a light bulb, or a major project like replacing the roof.  Then assess what to do first.  Prioritize the tasks, and assign responsibility to someone.  You can do some jobs yourself, and others you'll have to hire professionals. 

Determine what tools you will need to complete the tasks.  You may need a level and hooks for hanging pictures, or caulk for sealing your tub/shower.  Collect all your tools into one place.  Put tools into a toolbox, sort nails and screws into small containers, and put larger items like paint brushes and drills onto shelves in a designated work area. 

Some items you should always have on hand are:  a power drill, measuring tape, putty knife, adjustable pliers, screwdrivers, hammer, level, caulk, and glue. 

As you complete each task, cross it off your list.  Look at the next set of tasks to determine what preparation needs to be done.  You may need to prime walls, buy paint or get estimates from a plumber or contractor. 

Plan ahead and be prepared.  You won't avoid all surprises.  That's just how life is.  But being ready will make those disruptions easier to handle.

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