A Stitch in Time

“A stitch in time saves nine.” It’s time for spring maintenance chores!

I passed by a favorite Queen Anne in Gardiner, Maine last spring and saw a couple young men on the porch roof touching up the paint on the second story. It brought to mind the Poor Richard’s Almanack maxim “A stitch in time saves nine.”

While referencing textiles, this maxim (like most) applies to much more. Ben Franklin was full of good advice and for old house owners, this one is a gem.

A few hours spent touching up exterior paint each year can prolong the lifespan of a paint job many years. Similarly, a bit of rot repaired early on, a loose screw tightened, or a missing shingle replaced will save significant time and money in the long run.

Early spring is a great time do get these chores done, while the leaves are off trees and shrubs. Cleaning out the gutters is a good place to start!

Lots of good advice for old house owners can be found in Franklin’s maxims, and in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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