Home maintenance ranks low on many homeowners' priority lists. When the washing machine breaks, you might fix it to keep from having to go to the Laundromat. But, if there's no pressing need, home maintenance chores are often put off. In the current soft real estate market, homeowners may be less inclined to pay money to make repairs around the house. However, the key to preserving the value of your home is keeping it in good condition. Home maintenance is a necessary part of home ownership. The cost varies depending on the age of the home, its overall condition when you buy it and the climate. For example, in coastal California the alternation between fog and blistering sun takes its toll on exterior paint. Houses with a western exposure may need painting more often than those t...
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