An Ounce of Prevention

One of the most important services that an estate management company can provide is that of a preventative maintenance plan. Consistent, ongoing inspection and maintenance is essential for long term peace of mind and retained value of any property. Not every accident can be prevented, nor every type of damage totally mitigated, but with proper planning, most serviceable areas of the property can be maintained in such a way that will avoid unpleasant surprises and excessive repair costs in the long run.

Periodic preventative maintenance may need to be done weekly, monthly or yearly, but keeping up with these tasks is one of the most essential services YHM provides. Monitoring things like:

  • Debris management and removal
  • Plumbing maintenance
  • Appliance inspections
  • HVAC cleaning and inspection
  • Exterior cleaning and maintenance
  • Landscape maintenance (trimming of shrubs and trees away from the house)
  • Monitor smoke detectors
  • Inspect weather stripping
  • Chimney cleaning
  • Hot water system checks
  • Check stucco or other finish work on property for cracks, damage
  • Check specialty stone work for cleaning and sealing etc
  • Clean carpets
  • Pest control maintenance

In addition to all the above, moisture problems are one of the most important things to prevent in a home or property. Keeping moisture away from the home is essential. Checking for properly functioning rain gutters that are not clogged, keeping lawn irrigation updated and repaired and inspecting laundry connections are just a few key areas to check. Periodic inspection of attic spaces to ensure there are no leaks is also important.

The home is one of the most sacred spaces we have, and its maintenance and care can become very overwhelming. The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be truer regarding property maintenance. The cost to cure some of the problems that arise when preventative maintenance does not happen is often astronomical and often is not only a financial burden. A poorly maintained home can cause sickness (in the case of moisture intrusion for example), evacuation (in the case of excessive repairs not allowing for livability) or even disaster.

Whether you hire a property management director service for your estate, or come up with your own plan to follow, make preventative maintenance a top priority.

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