Even with a newer home, there are regular maintenance issues, just as in all homes. There are also wants such as updates and cosmetic issues. At just over twelve years old, this is slowly hitting "update time". With such a tight budget (that gets looser as time goes on), My goal is both to make a short list of what needs to be done, and figure out which items can be done by me versus hiring out. I also am in the mode of making things as low maintenance as humanely possible. I love my house, but frankly don't necessarily love taking care of it. To that end:
- Painting (both my great room and kitchen, and the exterior trim) will have to wait. Climbing a ladder is no longer part of my skill set, and my son seems to have missed the painting "gene". He does small touch ups and did my bathroom stall. Beyond that, we wait until I can afford to hire painters. Ideally I would change from green in the family room and yellow in the kitchen to a light gold all over......but there is no rush.
- On the other hand there are some electrical issues that are more pressing, that also need to be hired out (although said son disagrees). A ceiling lamp and light switch that do not work and a ceiling fan unit that needs a new lamp both require electrical knowledge beyond mine (even after reading the home improvement book). These things will have to be done fairly soon, with a cost. If anyone here thinks its appropriate to try and do these things oneself, I would love to hear it. Its a multipurpose switch with many fan controls and the light. Only the light part is not working and you can pull the light on from the ceiling.
- I'm rethinking the yard. I shared my before and after pictures in this post. Unfortunately we have not progressed in this area. Basically our ideas about the yard seem to not mesh with the time we are willing to spend in landscaping (or perhaps the budget to buy all those plants right now) . To that end, we plan to clean in and fill out the dead tree corner, fertilize and mulch well, and put edgers along. Extending beds and researching xeriscape plants will wait for another year. I would rather put money into my vegetable container garden. What we will plant in the tree corner I am not sure. That was a VERY large willow tree. I'm actually thinking of just putting large pots of plants in that area. That will be my exercise this week-doing the bend and reach as we clear out the dead wood and rocks.
- It's time to do some serious spring cleaning and touch ups. That of course, I'll handle myself. This includes shampooing all the carpets. When you have medium to large size dogs (some with health issues),you buy your own carpet shampooer or else a large share in a carpet company. I'm not as spry as I used to be but long handled tools make most of my cleaning easy to handle. I just go one room at a time, rather than trying to throw everything out of the house and clean in two days.