Falling Back On Some Good Advice
Well, it's that time again. No, not the craziness of the Holiday Shopping Season, or trying to figure out how you're going to stick to your resolution come January and drop those spare pounds. I'm talking about the time of the year where 48 states in the U.S., and 4 U.S. Territories, as well as many other locations worldwide, participate in the madness of changing time itself, like some sort of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey mass hysteria. I'm talking about Daylight Savings time.
Twice every year, we change our clocks forwards or backwards one hour, and either lose, or gain, an hour of sleep like some sort of weird semi-hibernation ritual. In order to remember which way to move those clock hands, some genius soul invented the adage "Spring forward, Fall back". So, every Spring, we (begrudgingly) set our clocks forward one hour and lose an hour of sleep, and every Fall we (joyously) gain that hour back.
When I was doing Handyman work in my late teens/early twenties, I encountered an older gentleman, who was the youngest spirited octogenarian I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, besides my own grandfather. He had been in the skilled trades for most of his life, but had since retired. He had called my boss and me to come tackle a few minor projects around his house, since he could no longer physically do them.
This man's house was one of the most immaculate houses I've ever seen, at least in terms of home maintenance. I happened to make a comment about it to him, and he asked if I'd like to know the secret to his success. After I answered that I surely would, he went on to explain to me that twice a year, when he changed his clocks for Daylight Savings Time, he would simply walk around the inside and, more importantly, the outside, of his home, looking for anything that showed signs of needing repair, no matter how minor. Things like cracking caulk, chipped paint, bowed siding, wood cracks, etc. were the type of thing he checked for.
You see, these things are like a cancer for a home. They start small, and if left unchecked, can have devastating effects on your home. With that said, just like a healthy diet, exercise and regular checkups with your doctor, these major problems with a home can be avoided or stopped in their tracks if caught early enough and treated. The, roughly, 6 months time between changing clocks isn't so large that it allows the major problems to occur, so long as you deal with the minor problems found.
I was blown away! It was something so simple, yet so effective, to keep a home from having major issues down the line. I began to wonder why more homeowners didn't call us for their semi-annual "checkup". It was something that to this day I've never forgotten, and something I recommend to all my current and potential customers.
With daylight savings time coming up in just two short weeks, I highly advise all homeowners to give their house a good once over. If you'd like some help with your home's checkup this fall, feel free to contact me. I'd love to have your business, and I'm sure you'll love being able to enjoy the extra hour of sleep.
-Creighton Calloway, Owner
Handy By Calloway LLC