I helped a friend and client awhile back buy a new home from CalAtlantic. While reviewing the (ridiculously lengthy) contract with him, I was impressed by the sheer volume of information they provided about maintaining your home, so I’m sharing that information here.
There are some valuable things we can do as home owners to preserve the long-term value of our properties, by making sure they don’t crumble around us.
The truth is, we human being are fighting one long battle against Mother Nature, who wants everything to return to jungle. So your house isn’t going to maintain itself.
Okay, enough with the philosophizing, here goes.
First, I’ve taken this excerpt that summarizes a maintenance schedule. Every month, every three months, every six months, you get the idea. I excerpted it because this is five pages of 119 and that’s just ridiculous. And let’s be real here, folks. The real point of this document is to give the home owner a bunch of responsibilities they’ll never fulfill, so the builder can try to wiggle out of their warranty obligations later.
BUT that doesn’t mean it’s not a valuable checklist to get started.
I’ll include the whole manual here as well. Because despite being 119 pages and therefore completely absurd, it does have lots of detailed information that might come in handy. So if you want to read an entire page on foundation settling or yet another entire page about toilets, then this is your lucky day.