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  • Writer's pictureRuslan Atanasov

How to Save Money and Keep Your House in Tip-Top Shape?


Home Maintenance



Owning a home is a big responsibility and commitment. While it's a source of pride and provides a sense of stability, houses require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Neglecting routine upkeep on your home can lead to much bigger and more expensive problems down the road. However, by staying on top of regular maintenance tasks, you can prevent lots of costly repairs and issues. While home maintenance requires an investment of time and some money for minor repairs, it's much cheaper than unexpectedly having to fund a major system replacement or renovation. Proper maintenance is one of the best ways to save money as a homeowner by preventing decay and breakdowns. It protects both the condition and value of your biggest investment - your home. Here are some key areas to focus on for proper home maintenance:


Exterior

  • Inspect roof annually for any missing, damaged or aging shingles and make repairs as needed

  • Check siding, trim, and exterior paint for any cracks, peeling or damage that needs fixing

  • Clean gutters in spring and fall to prevent backups and water damage

  • Reseal windows, doors, and trim every few years to prevent drafts and leaks

  • Tend to landscaping by pruning trees/bushes away from house, reseeding lawn, and maintaining gardens

Interior

  • Replace HVAC air filters every 3 months for efficient operation and indoor air quality

  • Check caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks and re caulk as needed to prevent leaks

  • Check for and repair any roof/plumbing leaks promptly to avoid damage

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries annually

  • Deep clean carpets and flooring annually to keep them looking fresh

Plumbing & Electrical

  • Know location of main water and electrical shutoffs in case of emergency

  • Replace rubber hoses on appliances like washing machines every few years

  • Check GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) monthly to ensure they're working

  • Label circuit breakers/fuses and don't overload electrical circuits

Seasonal

  • Clean fireplace chimney annually to prevent chimney fires

  • Service HVAC system annually for efficiency and safety

  • Check attic ventilation and insulation to reduce cooling/heating costs

By staying on top of these key home maintenance items, you can prevent many common repair issues, save money, increase energy efficiency, and most importantly, keep your home safe and comfortable for years to come. Set calendar reminders and make a habit of routine inspections.




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Jun 03

Good suggestions!

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