1) Schedules and checklists for inspections;2) Forms for recording work, blank base plans and elevations to be filled in during inspections and upon completion of work;
3) A set of base-line photographs to be augmented over time;4) Current lists of contractors for help with complex issues or in case of emergencies;
5) Written procedures for the appropriate care of specific materials, including housekeeping, routine care, and preventive measures; and,6) Record-keeping sections for work completed, costs, warranty cards, sample paint colors, and other pertinent material.
Maintenance is the most important preservation treatment for extending the life of an historic property--it is also the most cost effective! Understanding the construction techniques of the original builders and the performance qualities of older building materials, using traditional maintenance and repair methods, and selecting in-kind materials where replacements are needed, will help preserve the building and its historic character.