Owning your own home is one of the hallmarks of the American Dream and, 90 percent of the time, owning your own home is awesome. You can paint the walls whatever color you want. You can stay up all night without worrying about the neighbors. You can redo your backsplash to look like a rainbow or a subway wall. You can cook Indian food every day and no one will care about the lingering smell of Garam Marsala creeping through the vents.

But what about the other 10 percent of the time? No one wants to talk about it, but let’s be real for a second… sometimes owning a home kind of stinks. Sometimes your water heater goes out overnight and you find out when you turn on the shower before work. Sometimes a tiny drip turns into a BIG problem – and it’s always at the worst possible time. Sometimes you just want to have your back door fixed and you can’t even get a contractor to call you back. When you own a home, there’s not a landlord you can call to come to your (maybe) rescue.

If you own your home, whether you’re just starting to raise your family in your first place or you’re getting ready to retire and thinking about that making some changes to allow you to enjoy your home for many years to come, read on to learn about our House Care Plus programs. Yes, of course we want to sell you on the idea and we’d love for you to talk to a technician, but in this article, our goal is just to get you thinking about the importance of regular maintenance and the time you could save by not doing it yourself.

Why regular maintenance?

This might seem obvious – we get oil changes on our cars, we bring people out to clean our air conditioners and furnaces, we go to the dentist – so why is regular home maintenance such a foreign concept? Having a professional regularly inspect your home for small maintenance issues (and then suggest and make those repairs) can save you money and time in the long run. Plus, by doing those maintenance projects, you can protect the investment you’re making in your home and keep your family safe. It’s not that we, as homeowners, can’t see that a faucet is dripping… it’s a matter of seeing it early and having it fixed before mold starts.

I can walk around my own house and look for issues, right?

Of course you can – but when will it be a priority and do you know what you’re looking for when you do? Have you ever looked down at your odometer and realized you are way over on your suggested mileage for your last oil change? We know it happens with homes too and, in most cases, that’s a much bigger investment than your vehicle. Why take the chance when you can easily (and affordably) bring in a professional?

What does a monthly or quarterly program look like?

House Care Plus is customized to your individual situation, whether you’re a busy family looking to hand over your list of chores, a busy professional looking for someone to care for your house while you travel, or a senior aging in place who needs some help around the house. When you work with TruBlue, you pay a flat monthly fee for a set number of handyman hours. And, if you don’t have a project this month, you can roll those hours over to a future project.

How does working with TruBlue make a difference?

Finding a dependable, trustworthy, background checked and insured contractor is hard. We know. That’s part of why we built this business. When you work with TruBlue, you get the best possible combination of quality, professionalism and fair pricing. We show up on time, our technicians are trained and experienced professionals and our work comes with a one-year guarantee. What’s more, when you sign up for a regular maintenance program, you are building a relationship with a technician and a local TruBlue owner you can trust to call any time, whether a pipe breaks or you’re ready for that bathroom renovation project.

If we sparked your interest and you’re ready to learn more, visit www.TruBlueHouseCare.com to find a location near you and to explore all of our customizable services.