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    • September Checklist
      by Steve Spratt on August 1, 2023 at 7:01 am

      Download September Checklist The post September Checklist appeared first on Home Preservation Manual.

    • Building Industry Trips Over Fall Safety Requirements
      by Steve Spratt on February 18, 2022 at 8:46 pm

      Building Industry Trips Over Fall Safety Requirements OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rule 1926.501 states that any work performed at a height of 6’ or more above a lower level shall have proper protections that safeguard workers from fall injuries. Note that the rule is not just describing roofs. This can also mean walking The post Building Industry Trips Over Fall Safety Requirements appeared first on Home Preservation Manual.

    • How to Make More When Selling Your Home
      by Steve Spratt on July 21, 2021 at 1:38 am

      How to Make More When Selling Your Home This year homeowners across the county are experiencing tremendous increases in the value of their home. Single family houses in prime neighborhoods with attractive, well-maintained homes in move-in condition are just killing it. Many of these homes are receiving multiple cash offers above asking price, with no The post How to Make More When Selling Your Home appeared first on Home Preservation Manual.

    • How Many Trees Does it Takes to Build a House?
      by Steve Spratt on June 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Learn How Many Trees it Takes to Build a House? There are many good reasons to take care of your home and saving trees is one of them. You would be surprised at how many trees it takes to build a house. Good maintenance helps protect the environmental investment that is made in your home. The post How Many Trees Does it Takes to Build a House? appeared first on Home Preservation Manual.

    • Attic Exhaust Fans: Why they don’t work well!
      by Steve Spratt on June 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Why attic fans don’t work well and what to do instead! With the summer season upon us, now is a good time to review an uncomfortable topic. Hot attics, and why traditional attic fans don’t work well enough to cool them off! Continue reading to learn why…or just skip ahead to learn how to cool them The post Attic Exhaust Fans: Why they don’t work well! appeared first on Home Preservation Manual.

    January/February Checklists – Download Now!

    January/February Checklists – Download Now!

    Monthly Home Maintenance Checklists– Download Now!

    What to do and when to do it

    Once you’ve made a commitment to take care of your home properly, you will need to identify what service tasks to do, and when to do them. As you read through the zones of this website you will find notes about the maintenance each one requires. There are two other ways you can do this

    1. Spend years learning

    You can spend 40 plus years as I have learning about all the thousands of components that make up a home. Then learn how each one works. Then glean from manufacturers the proper service procedures and hacks. When there is no manufacturer to ask, you will need to perform additional years of research and experiments. From this you can learn the best ways to care for and get maximum durability out of each of those materials.

    At this point you will need to spend more years learning what things need recurring attention, how often to provide that attention and when are the best times to do so. Finally, after years and years, you will have compiled a valuable library of information about taking care of your home. Unfortunately, by then you will be old and tired, and your home will likely have fallen apart long ago. Or…

    2. You can use my checklists

    My checklists include all the important, recurring tasks that need to be done to properly maintain your home. The great thing about a checklist is that unlike me or you, it will not “forget” an important item. Checklists are used when the task is “mission critical.” This is why pilots, astronauts and submarine captains all use checklists. Forgetting to check and maintain an item on an airplane may result in a fatal accident.  And although your home won’t fall out of the sky if you forget to clean the gutters one season, it may cause you some expensive damage that could have been avoided.

    Recurring service tasks

    My checklists are powerful and very general. They cover the components that are present in most homes. When using my checklists, if you come across items your home doesn’t have, just ignore them and move on to the next task. There are over 260 checklist items on my checklists that will be inspected or maintained over a year for the typical home. We have broken down the master 260-point list into monthly checklists and will make them available to our readers during the course of the year. Check back every month for a new checklist.

    If you don’t have the time or skills, then provide your list to someone else such as HPS Palo Alto, to do it for you. The key is keep at it.

    Help me to help you

    Thank you for taking time to use this free website. I hope you find the junk-free information here fun and useful? Please send me your comments and feedback.

    Writing and maintaining the information in this manual is a lot of hard work. By sharing these pages with your friends, you help me to continue the effort.  You can easily share these pages to all your favorite social media sites via the shortcut buttons on the sidebar. You can also simply email the page link to your friends. Please share often.

    The very best way to help me happens when you use the embedded links to buy things. Using a link is easy and free, yet it provides a great source of support for this site. The vendors I’ve chosen to link to have proven to be trustworthy and are the very best resources available. That is why I recommend them personally. is the place to visit if you want information on

    maintaining your home
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    the problems with handymen services
    how to plan and execute home renovation and home improvement projects
    tips for spring cleaning; tidying up a messy house
    and generally how to be a better homeowner.

    Make sure you download your monthly maintenance checklist for this month.

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    As a reminder, it is unlawful to make copies including cut and paste or especially in the form of making printouts for reuse. If you wish to make a print for personal use, I will happily grant you one-time permission if you will kindly send me a request in writing.

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