Father’s Day is around the corner and common go-to gifts like ties, grill accessories, and power tools are flying off the shelves. However, before getting Dad a “traditional” gift, rethink your options and reconsider gifting Dad something more beneficial in the long term. As home inspectors, we see some very creative DIY repairs and additions to a home or problems caused by improper usage of power tools—like nails through plumbing behind the walls. Encouraging DIY builds and repairs with the gift of power tools can hurt Dad in the long run if he ever wants to sell his home.
Too often homeowners put effort into home improvement over home maintenance, which leads to a great looking home with issues lying under the surface. This stems from the desire to add value to a home; however, the true value of a home lies in the health of its structure. When the major systems of a home are functioning smoothly and expected to last for years, potential buyers can rest assured their investment in the home purchase is a good one.
Help Dad stay on top of important maintenance of his home by purchasing him a home maintenance inspection. This will point out key areas of concern and what to fix and when—and Dad may even be able to pull out some of his other power tools from Father’s Days past to get them done. Other useful home improvement ideas for dad this Father’s Day include:
Power tools are great, especially for dads who truly know how to use them for home DIY projects without causing damage. But, this year, give Dad the unexpected but truly necessary gift of home care and improvement.