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When dusting, use a dampened cloth so that the dust will better adhere to the cloth. Items such as throw rugs should also be routinely washed. For extra help, contact a cleaning pro in your area. Keep Floors Vacuumed Carpets should be vacuumed no less than twice a week. The most effective vacuum cleaner is one that comes with a HEPA filter. Vacuuming will not only help to remove dust, but it will also remove pet dander, fur, dirt and other contaminants that could sicken persons inside the home.
When vacuuming, move and vacuum behind furniture and other objects. To help keep dirt levels and other harmful substances out of the house, remove shoes before entering.
Shoes can track anything that has been stepped on into the home, such as dirt, feces, chemicals, and more. Check the Exterior Inspecting the exterior of the house is an important part of all home maintenance plans. Look for signs of wear and tear and make the appropriate repairs. Check for decay or damage to the trimming around doors and windows. Repaint and repair home siding and trim that has become loose or where paint has begun to peel.
Check Windows and Wall Both windows and walls can be a source of health problems if not well maintained. Inspecting and repairing both areas should be a part of a person's spring and fall home maintenance checklist. Prevent drafts and excess moisture from entering the home by replacing or repairing any caulking around the home's doors and windows. If windows are cracked they should be replaced or repaired.
The walls in the interior of the home should also be carefully checked for evidence of termites. Check that screens are intact to ensure that certain types of pests are being kept out.
Keep Moisture Under Control Moisture in the home results in mold which can cause numerous health problems. In addition, moisture is also attractive to rodents and insects.
To reduce these risks make any repairs to leaky sinks or pipes as quickly as possible. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity while cooking or showering. The goal is to not have any unsatisfied customers.
Market Analysis Summary HandyMan Stan has identified two distinct market segments, home owners and property managers. These are the most attractive customer segments as they are the customers who often have small repairs that are too small for a contractor but too complicated for the owner to perform themselves. The handyman industry competes with the contractor industry for home repair jobs. Handymen are typically used for small items, contractors are typically called in for more extensive projects.
Customers will often call whatever service provider they are familiar with, regardless of the appropriateness. For this reason, word of mouth referrals will be very important.
HandyMan Stan will capitalize on word of mouth marketing by going the extra mile to keep customers satisfied. Exemplary service will result in new and repeat business. This behavior can be explained by not wanting to incur a large upfront charge just to have someone fix one thing. Property managers Manage between three — 20 units.
Typically do not have their own in-house repair man in an effort to reduce overhead expenses. Their preference is to hire someone and have them take care of it. The property manager are also likely consumers because they are managing a group rental property which needs periodic maintenance.
Property managers with less than 20 units rarely have on-site maintenance personnel, it is less expensive to hire someone as needed. It is rare that the property manager would have any maintenance skills themselves and those that do usually do not have the time in the day to perform the repair. It should be noted that the majority of business will be coming from residents and rental property from within the Duluth city limits.
As you venture farther out of town into the country people tend to have more free time and more fix it skills and are therefore more likely to try to repair things themselves. This industry encompass both handymen as well as general contractors. The distinction between the two is as follows: handymen can fix most minor problems, items that are not to extensively damaged nor do they require expensive special tools.
Contractors are most useful for jobs that are very technical in nature, extensive in the repair, or require very specialized tools.
A handyman is typically far more of a generalist, he can handle a wider range of repairs whereas a contractor has a smaller realm of expertise. We ranked each task by priority—more owls mean it is more important—so if you only have time for one or two tasks per category, choose the ones with the most owls.
Click here to jump to the downloadable checklist. Hallways Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Hold the test button down until you hear a loud siren.
Outside Inspect roofing. Look for leaks and missing, damaged, or loose shingles.
Test your garage door. Make sure the auto-reverse feature works by placing an object underneath the garage door. Check exterior drainage. Look for leaves or vegetation and clear any debris to make sure water flows freely. Get your air conditioning system serviced.
Repair or replace damaged window screens. This will help protect your home from outside bugs and critters.
Clean road salt from entrances. This is important to avoid damaging concrete, asphalt, and wood. Bedroom and Living Areas Clean the fireplace.
This helps prevent soot accumulation, which could fuel a chimney fire.