Every home needs professional maintenance. No family is handy enough to do it all. Since moving into our first detached home last year, we have learned a lot. I got tremendous satisfaction out of building my own deck and planting a vegetable garden. Still, we both have busy jobs and need help for other things. All the maintenance will not wait until we have time. We would never have a free day to enjoy our home.
It is well worthwhile to hire professional service people to look after some of the work. You can also rest assured they know what they are doing. Appliances will operate efficiently and the landscape will not die of over watering. Here are six services every home needs.
Appliance Repair Man
Dishwashers and washing machines can be a mystery. Newer appliances are even more complicated. You can spend all Saturday afternoon just taking something apart only to discover that made matters worse or it will not go back together. Instead, hire a professional. It is worth the time and hassle.
Broken curtain hardware, running toilets, a dent in the living room wall: an endless string of things will break or go wrong. Some homeowners enjoy looking after them. Do you already have the tools? Do you know how to find a wall stud? If not, ask around your neighborhood for a good handyman. They have the tools to do it correctly in less than half the time.
Not every good handyman knows the ins and outs to safely repair or add new wiring. Electricians cost more, but they are worth the money. This is one thing you should not try to do without formal training. A mistake can lead to tragedy, or at least more costs later.
A healthy, appealing landscape enhances the appearance and value of your home. It can provide a haven for your family and friends. A neglected backyard will end up causing sweat and tears. I love gardening too much to let anyone else look after it. Unless you do, too, hire someone who does. If they handle winter snow removal, that is a bonus.
An alarm system is only one aspect of good home security. Do not overlook its importance. Most people have no idea how a burglary can ruin their life until it happens. A friend of ours lost her ability to work due to PTSD after someone broke into her home three years ago. A specialist can point out things you might not realize will attract thieves to your home.
A poorly maintained pool is unhealthy for swimming. A good pool man will save costly repairs and greater hassles. This is supposed to be recreation. You will enjoy it more if someone else looks after the hard work.
If you already have expertise in one of these categories and will get satisfaction from it, then do it yourself. While I love gardening, I know little about plumbing or wiring. Leave the most puzzling tasks to a professional and you will enjoy your home more.