An Ounce of Prevention

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” or maintenance is always cheaper than restoration!

I saw this gentleman touching up paint on a house in the French Quarter of New Orleans recently. It brought to mind the “Poor Richard’s Almanack” maxim “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.”

Benjamin Franklin was full of good advice; this one is a gem for old house owners. 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.

Summer is a great time to get these chores done. Touching up paint or cleaning the gutters is an excellent 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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© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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