Wouldn't it be great if all the maintenance your home needed was dusting and cleaning like this miniature model home. Often folks purchase a home, do cosmetic upgrades when they can afford it and only think about the structural or system maintenance when the hot water heater breaks or the roof leaks.
Unfortunately homeownership is a never ending project, but fortunately the benefits are worth it. (Even in this softer real estate market, the long-term appreciation growth, factored with the daily reward of sleeping under your OWN roof is very rewarding.)
Here is one thing to add to your to do list:
Have a termite inspection every five years. (A licensed inspector will look for active infestation of termites, as well as dry rot, fungus and other problems that can affect your home.) No home is in perfect condition, (even new construction),but fixing problems before they spread will save you money in the long run.
I really like Dan Marzilli from GenTech Construction and Termite, but I have several other highly regarded companies to pass on.
Email or call me, I am your Oakland-Berkeley area Realtor, and I am here to help!
510.693.4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org