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Building 101: Home Maintenance

Take note of these home maintenance problems and how you can solve them

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Maintaining a home is no easy task, especially if the problems have been caused by years of neglect. “It will cost a lot if you leave it for several years, and attend to it only now,” says Dr. Eleanor Malicdem, a former home economics professor at University of the Philippines Diliman.

To keep a home in tip- toe shape, she advises homeowners to maintain cleanliness all the time. “Make time for it. Once a week, once a week there should be a general cleaning, and have the right materials for cleaning. It you don’t, it will contribute to the deterioration of your house.” She adds that checking for insects and rats, and buying the necessary insecticides for pest control, is also a must.

You can choose a DIY route for some home maintenance problems but keep in mind that you can also seek the help of a professional for those that require intensive treatment or solution.

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Interviewed by Katherine Lopez. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Home Maintenance Basics") in the December 2012-January 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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