You and your family are excited that you have just bought a new Oakland or Piedmont home.  It was something you all really wanted, and now you are going to settle in and enjoy it for years to come.  These years of enjoyment, however, must be tempered with a maintenance plan to assure that you will have few, if any problems over your time living there.

The good news is that, with a little bit of planning, you can save yourself a lot of money down the road by taking these following steps to create a regular maintenance plan:

1. Clean and inspect all gutters, downspouts, and other drainage areas around the home to avoid damage         from leaks-whether interior or exterior.

2. Inspect your roof regularly for cracks, loose shingles or tiles, and leaks. Act promptly to repair.

3. Have a scheduled plan as to when you want to repaint and reseal exterior walls.

4. Check all wood siding, wood decks, and basement for indications of pest infestations, and deal with this         quickly to avoid further damage.

5. Check the fireplace on a regular basis both inside and out to make sure it is operating safely.

6. Check your windows for leaks and cracks, and keep them properly caulked and repaired.

7.  Keep all brick or stone walkways safe and level.  Do the same with driveways and backyard paths.

Keep in mind that dealing with deferred maintenance can be exceedingly costly. By following these steps, home maintenance costs can be under your control, rather than out of control when it comes time to resell your home.  







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