Preventative Maintenance Plan

How does a Hurricane make a better Handyman?

Starting in my early teens, swinging a hammer and fixing things became a way of life. Sure, there were other jobs, bar-tending, for one.  But I kept coming back to the repair business.  I have been at this for over 35 years, and I'm still sharpening my handyman service tools!

After hurricane Sandy I found myself nearly overwhelmed with calls for repairs. October of 2012 was a devastating time not only throughout Atlantic City and New Jersey, but, here in the Winchester, VA area too.  I saw the destruction first hand.

One thought haunted me then, and, drives me til this day, "so much of this could have been prevented!"  Then and there it occurred to me, imagine the money and emotion which could have been saved, if only those buildings had been better maintained!

The experience of Hurricane Sandy fueled by the lessons I have learned working with the area's home and business owners, REALTORS, landlords and national maintenance companies have helped me to create the area's ONLY Preventative Maintenance Program with plans for every budget and structure.

The math is undeniable, what is often a simple fix of a few hundred dollars BEFORE decay and destruction --- when repairs and replacement are no longer a choice, but a necessity for hundreds, sometimes thousands more!

If you are looking for more than a guy with a truck...

If you are looking to build an on-going relationship with a handyman...

If you could benefit from preventative maintenance...

If you need/want help maintaining or upgrading your property...

The Problem - Lack of Regular Maintenance

We have had many clients who have spent $1000’s on major repairs that could have been prevented with some regular maintenance. A few examples - roof and window leaks, plumbing leaks, tree trimming, flashing and gutter leaks/issues, foundation drainage, etc. Routine maintenance is a necessity, it is NOT optional. Furthermore, it is a minor investment to protect the largest investment you will ever make. Each time you postpone a maintenance task, you are rolling the dice with your homes’, aesthetic integrity and it's value.

Wood Rot

If we had caught this a year sooner, our customer would have paid about $60.- to paint and caulk this column - but instead the lack of preventative maintenance turned the bill into $650 as we now had to replace and install an entire new column.

The way it SHOULD look

The Solution: a Preventative Maintenance Plan

The Preventative Maintenance Plan was started in 2012 to save our clients’ money, headaches and time. You will receive a thorough home evaluation by one of our specialists - which includes all interior and exterior sections of the home. Then, we will meet with you to discuss our findings, your options and pricing for necessary repairs. Depending on the plan you choose, we will return for a checkup after 3 or 6 months, some plans come with time allotted for general maintenance tasks to be performed. You will also receive our Emergency call hot-line phone number - with a guaranteed response time. All plan memberships include a free emergency call trip charge, emergency hot-line phone number, priority estimating and scheduling, free pest control inspection, as well as, the best referral partner pricing we can offer. Most plan memberships include a rate freeze on plans and hourly work at current rates.

Preventative Maintenance could have preventened this rotted Soffit

Before this soffit deteriorated to this point proper painting, caulking and gutter installation would have cost about $250.-

Lack of maintenance caused this soffit to rot on the exterior. Water got inside the home and
deteriorated the drywall, insulation, framing and hardwood flooring on the inside of the home.

Final costs to fix this $4,750.-

The entire soffit had to be replaced...

Still not convinced that a little care saves you a lot down the line? Here are more examples:

 Our objective is to make smaller, less expensive repairs before they become much more costly. About 2 years ago we installed a few ceiling fans for a client. While we were there, we noticed the front door trim was in need of caulk and paint, so we explained the importance of repairing that issue, which she declined having us do it at the time. Two years later she called us for a leak in her basement ceiling. As I approached the door I could see the door frame had gotten much worse since our last visit, it was clearly rotting at this point. We went to the basement and she showed me the spot on the ceiling--- which was directly below the front door! Two years ago it was a $75 fix-- caulk and paint. Currently, she has to have mold remediation ($$$), replace the door unit, hardwood flooring under and around the door (as well as carpet in the basement), replace the band board and sill plate, floor joists, insulation, and drywall on the ceiling and wall, then everything will have to be painted to match… final cost---$7,395. Nearly 10x the cost of the repair should she have done it in a timely manner as mentioned to her. No blue chip stock pays those dividends.

Broken seal around doorframe

This is an instance where we caught things on time. No interior water damage yet.... but it was inevitable to happen in the near future. 

We had to clean all of the old caulking and silicone of the brick and doorframe. We then filled the large voids and sealed the door against water intrusion.

Given the high end finished basement that would have gotten water damage had we not done this simple repair saved our customer thousands of dollars!

Proper sealing and water proofing of doorframe

Look at that trim below the threshold peeling away

The trim of this door peeled away. The wood behind it was rotting, you can see the woodchips that deteriorated laying in front of the door.

A very simple repair like this, caught in the early stages cost this client less than $95 to repair.

Had this gone undetected, the rot would have spread to the rest of the door frame turning this small repair into a full expensive trim replacement for the entire door easily costing up to $1000.- 

That trim looks as good as new

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We have three different options available to fit in every budget