Mar 17, 2018

How To Save Money On Home Maintenance


So, you’ve moved into your dream home. While you celebrate the move with the new neighbors, unexpected repairs may suddenly turn your happiness into home maintenance blues. To avoid getting into common catastrophes such as a swamped basement and a drenched roof, it’s wise to stay away from expensive repairs.

Not sure how to make this a reality?

The answer is simple yet worth trying: carrying out specific home maintenance tasks on a continuous basis will help you save money. So, why not use the saved money shopping for your favorite dress instead of drowning your money in home repairs?

All you should do is follow these tips.

Check For Signs Of Water Damage and Act Immediately

Once entered your house, water damage can destroy your ceiling, roof, floors, and even the furniture. If not taken any action, it tends to worsen by developing mold. Traveling through the air, mold grows on the damp walls. In twenty-four hours, this further grows into a visible colony.

Instead of paying a hefty amount of money for the recovery, identify the signs of water damage so you can deal with the problem immediately.

While signs of water damage can be as clear as a burst pipe that sprays water all over the hallway, the signs can be hidden too. That’s when it becomes impossible to spot the damage because it’s more subtle and gradual.

In this situation, the best bet is to not waste any time and call Restoration Elite so they can use their sensors to determine where exactly the excess water is leaking from.

Maintain The Lawn Without Spending A Lot

You don’t need to hire a professional gardener to keep a beautiful lawn. Instead of giving your lawn an award-winning feel, focus on the basics: your lawn should be accommodating enough to let the kids play on the grass. That’s it!

However, this still requires some creative yet wallet-friendly ideas.

Here are some of these:

  • Avoid manually watering the lawn by installing an automatic lawn sprinkler. This way, you’ll be free to focus on other preventive home maintenance tasks.
  • Plant trees to shade the house. When they grow tall, these shade trees will caste shade on the house. The result? This is an effective way to cool your home without spending any money.
  • Buy perennials. Besides spreading colors throughout the garden, these pretty flowers help you save money by eliminating the need to purchase replacement plants every new season.

Catch The Air Leaks and Seal Them

Did you know sealing the air leaks can help you save on energy costs? Though this is true, you should also know how to seal the air leaks.

So, why not spot these nasty air leaks right away?

But before sealing the leaks, you should also be able to identify if your house is a victim of air leaks. To catch if there are openings, seams, or cracks, hold a lit stick next to the potential sources of air leak.

Make sure you perform this test on the day when it seems too windy. If you see a smoke stream moving horizontally, it indicates an air leak.

Once an air leak has been spotted, it’s time to call a professional who will install the weather stripping. Though this will cost over $100, it’s worth the price because you’ll be saving on energy costs in the long run.

Keep The HVAC System In Check

Never take a heat wave for granted. When it strikes, the first thing it does is damage the HVAC systems. To avoid spending money on buying a new one, it’s better to maintain the one you have.  

If you’ve just moved in, you should replace the used filters before you begin to use the HVAC system. Otherwise, replace the air filters every month. Plus, carry out seasonal maintenance before the hotter months knock the door.

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