By Lou Manfredini
You know it’s a funny thing. When you buy a toaster, a car or even a lawn mower, you get an owner’s manual. But when you purchase a home about all you get is surprises, bills and a big fat mortgage.
Now I am a firm believer that a well-maintained home is one that is more pleasant to live in and one that is of higher value. The other fact is, that regular maintenance of certain systems in your home is fairly easy and costs little to do. If not attended to, you can wind up with hefty repair and replacement bills. Below are five common issues in a home and some advice on what to do and how to keep them running and working smoothly.