Smart Ways to Save Money on Maintenance
Have you found that maintenance on your home is relatively expensive? With everything in your house remaining in good condition, you will be able to rest well at night. But, when there is a problem in your house, then that causes trouble. That’s why you should always consider a routine maintenance schedule for your home. The best way to keep your house tip-top shape is to perform maintenance every season of the year. However, there are ways that you can save money on your home’s maintenance. It might not seem likely, but there is a way. (If there is a will, then there is a way.)
How Can You Save Money on Your Maintenance?
Now that we have established that there is a way to save money on your maintenance, let’s figure out how. There are four ways that you can save money on your maintenance from hiring a professional to cutting back on your energy bills. You can find out what your immediate needs are, rather than fixing unnecessary parts of your home. (So, a leaking pipe that could cause mold beats buying a new Air-Conditioning system.) However, if you cannot find a solution, then you should just do it yourself. It is not that hard, all you need is to persist and your home will be in near-perfect condition. (Nelson)
Hire a Professional That Has Better Quality Than Quantity
If your home needs a lot of work, then you should consider getting a quality contractor. Yes, you might have to pay a little extra. But, you will be able to reap the benefits, which is a better deal for you. Make sure you choose a contractor that carries the right licenses and insurance for the job. That way you can guarantee a safer and better quality performance in your home. If you do not know which contractor to choose from, you can always ask for a referral from your friends or family. Your home is where you spend most of your time. So, you should not cheap out when it comes to your home. (If you had a bad day and you just want to go home, you would not want it to be a rickety mess.)
Preventative Maintenance is Your Next Hobby
Better safe than sorry applies to the maintenance of your home, as well. If you want to avoid more expensive repairs that take a lot of time and effort, then you should work on your home’s preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance may cost you a little bit of money now, but it will be worth it in the long run. In order to avoid water damage, you can always take preventative measures. Cleaning the gutters, fixing leaks, and other plumbing concerns can help maintain your home and skip out on any water damage. There are other preventative maintenance measures you can take. This includes: cleaning your home and pest control, changing your smoke alarm batteries, and repainting your home.
Cut Back on Your Energy Bills and Expenses
By replacing your air conditioning filter or cleaning out your vents, you are saving money. Your energy bills will be significantly reduced because of simple maintenance tasks like that. Additionally, you will avoid needing to buy or repair your energy units. Make sure you keep a calendar that notifies you that you need to perform this maintenance on your energy units. It would be best to do this every one to three months, or based on the manufacturer’s suggestion. (You might have to read the manual, but it is better than buying a new AC system all together.)
Also, you should check with your electric company on when electricity is cheaper. If electricity is cheaper in the morning, then you can use that time to finish household tasks that take up too much electricity.
Shine a Light On Your Immediate Needs (Not What You Think You Need)
Simply put, you need to prioritize what needs to be fixed in your home now. As much as it is tempting to fix everything, especially what does not look too good, you should focus on the really important stuff first. The longer you wait, then the bigger the issue will be. (Not to mention that the repair bill will get higher, the longer you wait.) You should find out what needs your immediate attention and focus on fixing them above all else. That way, you will not face a massive bill later on and beat yourself up for making the wrong call on home maintenance. (If you will not do it for your home, then do it for your peace of mind later on.)
If All Else Fails, You Can Always DIY Your Way Through Your Maintenance
The current trend these days is Do-It-Yourself projects, which allow you to fix pretty much anything. (You can literally watch a couple of videos on YouTube and get the job done yourself!) If you do not know what you can DIY in your home’s maintenance, then we have a few ideas. (HomeAdvisor Team)
Focus on The Complicated Stuff First and the Simple Stuff Later (Like Your Heating, Air Conditioning, and Venting System)
Your Heating, Air Conditioning, and Venting (HVAC) system adjusts your home’s temperature. If something happens to your HVAC system, then one of two things will happen. You will either freeze in the winter or melt in the summer. This is why you should perform maintenance on your HVAC system to avoid having to repair it at the worst possible time. Make sure you check out your air filters about once a month and whenever necessary, make sure you change them. This way you will be saving your energy bill and you will be extending your HVAC system’s lifetime.
Look Through Your Gutters and Downspouts (It Might Be Disgusting But It Will Help You Loads)
To avoid foundation damage on your home, you should make sure that your gutters are clean and your downspouts are directed away from your foundation. You should probably clean out your gutters at least once every year. (It is uncomfortable and very disgusting, but you will be saving your home from damage and saving yourself a lot of money.) This way you can avoid water damage or mold to form in your home. (A licensed professional will need about $100 to $200 to clean out your gutter. Why pay that money to someone else when you can do it yourself?)
Look For Water Leaks and Fix Them Right Away (Or Air Leaks, Basically Any Type of Leaks)
Water leaks are easy to detect, especially with the pitter-patter that follows a water leak. Once you find a water leak, you should fix it immediately. That way you can make sure your home does not smell and feel moist and damp, which is not very encouraging. You should inspect your roof, which is the most common crime scene for water leaks, at least once a year or after any weather event that took place.
It might sound like a lot of work, especially since your home is your resting place after the world has been particularly cruel. That is why it is important for you to keep your home in good condition, but the best way to do that is through maintenance. So, take out your safety gloves and get to work!
HomeAdvisor Team. 5 Money-Saving Maintenance Projects That Should Top Every New Homeowner’s Checklist. 23 03 2020. 16 09 2021 <https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/how-to-save-money-with-home-maintenance/>.
Nelson, Lee. 5 money-saving home maintenance tips. 14 10 2020. 16 09 2021 <https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/ways-to-save-money-on-home-maintenance/>.