It's a never-ending task, no sooner is one job done than another crops up.
The salt air, intense sunshine and high humidity all take their toll.
But good housekeeping ensures that all is kept in tip top condition and as soon as something starts showing wear, Mama has somebody on with the repairs and, with our budget always stretched, she always negotiates the best prices when outside craftsmen are needed.
Latest repairs, with the rains on the way, have been on the large banda where the makuti roof has needed some attention.
It's a tall order, but the makuti men take it in their stride.
To them, it is all in a day's work.