Alan Heavens posted a terrific article in Friday’s Philadelphia Inquirer about the cost of putting off maintenance. He cited many examples of things we DON’T do to our homes because of lack of time, expertise or money. And of course, in the end, when it’s time to sell that house, we pay even more than we might have paid if we had kept up with the work all along.
The article made me think about how much of a mystery our homes really are to most of us. A home is made up of thousands of pieces and parts, many of which require a particular expertise to maintain. This is not a pitch to hire a professional whenever you need to change a filter, but it is a reminder to think of your home like you might think of your car, or your health… it has to be maintained. If you don’t change the oil in your car, you can do irreparable harm to the engine. And the value of that car when you go to sell it, will be significantly reduced. And we know what happens to our health if we don’t exercise and eat the right food.
The article also made me think about remodeling, which is of course, our business. Many homeowners need to fix up their homes when they are thinking about selling it. But what about all the years you are living in your home and “living with” that old vinyl kitchen floor or the particle board cabinets in the bathroom that are swelling from the moisture?
Chances are you’ll spend the money to improve your home at some point. Who deserves to enjoy the benefit of those home improvements – you or the person who lives in your home after you?