February 22, 2011
Do you own a house? If so, how well do you maintain it? If you maintain your home, why do you maintain it? Have you noticed that the older your house is the harder it is to maintain and the more costly it is to fix something when it breaks?
My house is only 24 years old. Everything is starting to wear out. The windows need replacing. Windows will be this year’s major project. We painted and did the roof last year. The driveway was refinished the year before. It seems that every year, something major needs work. I have to not only maintain my house but do preventative work to assure that it will be able to provide warmth and shelter to my family for as long as a Segal wishes to live in it.
I am lucky. I’ve found a painter, decorator, jack of all trades who keeps my house in good repair and looking beautiful. Ron at R&J Decorating is my home’s family doctor. Ron recently did a walk through, inspecting the foundation and each floor, checking for possible problem areas. That’s how I know I need to insulate the attic and replace windows that showed evidence of leakage. Without Ron, those problems may have snowballed into much larger issues. Ron does most of the work but, when necessary, calls in specialist’s to help when greater expertise is needed. His specialists include trusted electricians, plumbers, roofers, and HVAC experts.
While my house provides shelter for my body, my body provides shelter for my soul. My body is close to 60 years old. Just as my aging house needs maintenance, so does my body. Repairs to my body are much more difficult and costly than those to my house. It is more essential that I do preventative maintenance on my body than my home. New parts are hard to come by. That is why I have a family doctor. We do room by room inventories (complete physical exams) of my body. Unfortunately, my roof is balding and there is no good repair for that. We’ve done structural work on my foundation (back) several times and luckily it is holding up nicely. Since I quit smoking 30 years ago, my air conditioner (lungs) is in tip top shape. The rest is in relatively good repair. As my body gets older, it will require more frequent inspections, more intense maintenance and more repairs. With G-d’s good graces, it will last a long time.
Maintain your home in the best repair. Don’t forget, your real home is your body, designed by the greatest architect of all. Your body has many rooms full of essential parts, all of which are truly irreplaceable. Do regular walk throughs with your family physician, looking for areas in need of repair before they break. Keep it all original for as long as possible and don’t forget to enjoy every day you live in it.