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It’s time to be a better homeowner!

Starting today let’s begin to look at homeownership differently and learn how you can be a better homeowner. Your home represents enormous expended energy and materiel, and is a huge financial asset. You likely saved for it, searched for it, financed it and now, hopefully enjoy it.

Whether this home is your first or your retirement dream home, one fact remains – now that you have it, you need to care for it.  A well-cared-for property has many proven benefits: it lasts longer, costs less to operate, is safer, looks better, is worth more and is way more fun to live in. Sound good?  

Let’s get started

Start right here, with Home Preservation MANUAL?

Like kids and spouses, most homes don’t come with instructions for daily use. Nor are there any directions for long-term care. Home Preservation Manual or HPM was created to provide that information to help you become a better homeowner and extract full value and enjoyment from your investment. 

Your Homeowner’s User Guide

Here you will find the missing “User Guide” for your home.

Use this site as your primary resource to learn about your home and develop a repair and maintenance strategy.  Then begin systematically and proactively caring for it. Return here regularly to refresh and learn more as we continue to explore new ideas and concepts around homeownership.

Topics And Information

My intention is to share valuable, first-hand, information with you on what’s working and what’s not as it applies to your home. Design, construction methods, energy, sustainability, and leisure are all things we will explore…and more! Each week I will contribute new items to this growing knowledge-base. Check back for posts on new and interesting ideas, testing new tools and products, and posing stimulating questions.

If you have ideas or suggestions for topics or information you would like to see or have me explore… please send me a note here.

Much of the information found here comes from 30-plus years of real-world service experience gathered by HPS Palo Alto Inc.* ( If you are fortunate to live in the Palo Alto area, HPS can perform all this and more for you.

Regardless of where you live, much can be accomplished on your own. With the tools available to you in this manual you should have all the information needed to become a better homeowner. 

You can do it! It is worth it.

*HPS Palo Alto, Inc. (Home Preservation Services) was founded in 1993 and is a full-service provider of proactive Stewardship and licensed general contracting services for fine homes in the Palo Alto/Los Altos area of California.

The purpose of these postings is not promotional. Rather, I am simply sharing information developed and tested over many years and adaptable to virtually any home. 


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