Are things in your home breaking left and right? It’s no wonder why being a homeowner is such a big job. Unlike when you’re renting, there’s no one to call to take care of that leaking pipe or even bigger problems. Luckily, a few preventative steps will go a long way in preventing a financial (and home) catastrophe.
You don’t have to be a DIY expert to manage these simple home maintenance tips. Not only will they save you major money in the long run, but they’ll also ensure your home is in perfect working order all year long. Here are 5 money-saving home maintenance tips to keep in mind this year.
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1. Apply Weather Stripping to Your Doors and Windows
When you purchase your home, it should come with weather stripping already applied. This acts as insulation, and it keeps out things like rain and insects. Over time, this stripping wears out, even more so in areas that are high-traffic like your front door. You might not think these little cracks make a difference, but they’re taking a toll on your energy.
There are some areas of your house that might be drafty yet not even have weather stripping like around air conditioners. Luckily, it’s easy to apply weather stripping on your own, and it’s affordable as well. You can find different types at your local hardware store, and it’s often as easy to install as screwing a few spots to the door or wall.
2. Change Your HVAC Filters
It’s definitely a chore to remember, but this will save you both time and money. Your heating and cooling system work hard to keep your home temperature comfortable, but it also damages quickly if you don’t take good care of it. In the early stages, heating repair services can be much more affordable as a preventative measure. Unfortunately, once the problem becomes extreme, it’ll likely be an expensive repair.
A good habit to get into is to simply change your filters every month, and even more often during warmer months. Keep forgetting when to change them? Try making it a habit every time you get a heating or cooling bill. It’s worth the extra effort to keep your electric bill low.
3. Check Your Faucets
Both toilets and faucets are known to leak water. This is a waste that will drive up your utility bill. You’ll want to check frequently used areas of your home for any signs of a leak. This video will show you how to check if your toilet has a secret leak, and you can check this yourself at home. Luckily, if you catch a problem early, it’s easy to make a minor repair on your own. For more extreme problems, it’s worth contacting a licensed plumber to prevent things from worsening.
4. Keep Your Yard Clean
Having a clean, well-maintained yard will help your home in a number of ways. First, when you have things like overgrown trees and shrubs, your home becomes a breeding ground for pests. That’s something nobody wants, no matter the time of year.
Second, having dirty gutters and wear and tear in your yard can lead to damage to the exterior of your home. Trust us, you don’t want to deal with a major roof repair! Instead, make it a habit to check your gutters regularly, take care of your yard, and monitor for pests.
5. Walk Around Your Home
Finally, the last tip is to simply be vigilant. A simple walk around your home every month is a good habit to get into. You can search for signs of dry rot, foundational cracks, exposed wood, and insect infestations. All of these things are expensive if you don’t notice them early enough, but finding them early can help you nip the problem in the bud before it gets worse.
It’s easy to forget about some areas of your home that you don’t see often. If you don’t use your backyard or you avoid the sides of the house, you might not notice if a problem is getting more serious. It pays to be aware of this potential issues and to know the signs.
Honestly, you can perform most of the maintenance tips above on your home without any professional assistance. You’ll need to call an expert only when the problem escalates. Prevent that ever happening by staying on top of your home both inside and out. Monthly preventative measures will go a long way toward keeping your home pristine for years to come.