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Deferred Maintenance



I hope this vlog finds you doing well.

I wanted to take a few minutes and speak about a topic that even I cringe to bring up…DEFERRED MAINTENANCE.

I figure it is a good time to bring it up with Halloween around the corner and all.

While this can be a Nightmare Before Christmas, I am here to provide a few tips.  Granted I will assume that some of you will wait for another time to watch this video or read this post, don’t worry – it will be here when you are ready!

For those of you who stick around, I can bet that by the end of this you will be saying, “I knew this…” or “I just haven’t had the time…” or maybe a few will even say, “, those were good ideas!”

I really want to make sure that this is a motivational, YOU CAN DO IT, message.  So, here it goes.

This past year, differed maintenance has been made abundantly clear to me in my personal and professional life. So, this is what my thoughts and ideas are to make getting the work done, less taunting.

Some of the main reasons why maintenance on a home is put off (or deferred) is;

1. Budget

2. Know How

3. Lack of Trust for repair “experts.”

4. Age – not the house’s age.  I’m talking about yours.

Let’s jump in!


If your budget isn’t friendly to home maintenance.  You are not alone.  Here are a few steps that might make it easier for you to get it done in a budget friendly way.

  1. Make a list of what needs to be done. All of it; big and small.
  2. Get estimates for that list and from multiple handymen or contractor/specialists. Make sure that they itemize the different tasks that need to be done.
  3. Start saving an amount you are comfortable with per paycheck or maybe stash some of the bonus money that may be coming your way.
  4. Do a few fixes that are small to start if you are handy. Trust me, when you cross the small tasks off of your list, it feels like you have started something great and it helps build momentum for you to continue saving for the next fix on the list.

Know How

If you are not handy around your home.  Don’t be anything but honest and own it! I am so grateful to have Richard.  Yes, that is my way of saying that I am honest with myself…I am not handy.  There I said it! Lol  If this is seriously the only thing holding you back from getting things done, don’t let it.  Ask friends or family to come and help. Especially the handy ones! Some pizza, beer or maybe a BBQ at the end of the day, is the cheapest payment and probably the fun way to spend the time and money to get repairs done. If you don’t have any friends or family that are handy, then you can call me, and I will send Richard over. Yup, I am that kind of wife, but Richard said, he will not come.  I say, you never know if you never ask, so, up to you…

Lack of Trust for the professionals

I get it.  You hire someone and then it just isn’t right, or they didn’t do what they said they would. My personal favorite is the misunderstanding that now costs you extra. Unfortunately, there are “those” types in every industry.  Even in Real Estate, if you can believe that?! Shocking, I know! With websites like Angie’s List and Home Advisor, they say they do the research and vetting of these handymen/licensees. I would imagine for as long as they have been in business, they probably have a good record of recommending dependable people that will get the work done and a price that is good for your wallet.


Like I said, I am not talking about the age of the home.  In all candidness, age and health can play a role in what you can get done and the time it takes to fix something. So, this brings me to the professional and personal experience that I stated at the beginning.  It wasn’t until around the middle of this year that I realized, parents age and eventually, their children or heir find themselves at the helm of fixing and dealing with a property that needs attention.  Richard is an only child, so it really hit home that we need to help his parents and be available if they need our help because we will acquire their property and instead of waiting to do the repairs, this is something that we can accomplish together and now, instead of waiting. What really brought it home was helping his cousins sell their parents home around the same time. They were not given the opportunity to fix the property prior to being responsible for the home.  It was a big responsibility and one that they were quite stellar in dealing with but if you have ever met them or get to know them, these 4 sisters are just amazing. I guess my advice would be, don’t be shy and offer help. If they are pride full then go about it delicately but it will be better when you cross things off of their list, now instead of later – for them and you!

Hope this helps, even a little bit.

Happy Halloween and I will talk to you soon!

Christyna Butcher

Realtor at KALEO Real Estate Co.
Cell # 626.261.9093

Christyna was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, and has been in the real estate industry for 22 years. She takes pride in her professional “client first” mentality and providing her experience and ability to negotiate on their behalf – regardless of whether they are buying or selling. Her clients also benefit from her knowledge of the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas, including; the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. She also takes personal pride in raising her daughter with her husband in her hometown of Glendora. Christyna knows every client is important, and looks forward to accepting the responsibility of helping them meet their real estate goals.