Dr. Home, I really appreciate your advise about the actual work and sources for books! I'm not ready to take on these tasks right now but would like to do some homework in the meantime. I am very interested in some guidelines for maintenace. I once saw the end of a home fix it show (can't remember which) that was apparently talking about a maintenance checklist (I think it was monthly) of what and how to check and what needs to be done to properly maintain a home. It sounded like they covered everything from the hot water heater to the roof. Any suggestions? Thanks! Have a great day!