When it comes to costs, nothing eats up your hard-earned money quite like your home. Over the course of its life, you’ll plow thousands of dollars into your home, making sure that it remains in good condition.
However, there’s a significant difference between the amount of money spent by people who take preventive action to maintain their homes and those who react to problems as they happen. It’s cliched, but it’s true: when it comes to our homes, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
Putting aside time to do necessary work on your home is essential. Doing the work now rather than leaving it until later can make a massive difference to how much you end up spending in the long term. Here's what to do--
Cut Back on the Grass--
Having a lush, verdant lawn seems to be obligatory in some neighborhoods. But keeping grass in tip top condition is expensive as well as time-consuming. Not only do you have to give up your Saturday mornings, but you also have to buy lots of expensive equipment to keep it in good shape. The good news is that there are cheaper alternatives that will save you a significant amount of money in the long term. Instead of having a grassy lawn in your front yard, you could replace it will so-called “xeriscaping” and focus on including plants native to your area. Not only will you spend less time on the mower, but you’ll also save on water costs, too.
Create a Maintenance Schedule--
Just telling yourself that you’ll eventually get around to checking the gutters means that they’ll probably go for months without being seen to. That’s why it’s so important to create a maintenance schedule. A maintenance plan will motivate you to check parts of your home that you wouldn’t typically inspect up close. If there’s a problem, you’ll be able to find it before it becomes more severe.
If you live in a wooden house, or one that has wooden elements, keep a keen eye out for termites. Termites, says Terminix, can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to the woodwork if not caught early. So making sure they are eliminated before they can do serious damage is essential.
Share Tools with Neighbors--
One of the reasons why so many people don’t bother doing their own home maintenance is that buying tools is expensive. That’s why so many people now share tools with their neighbors, pooling their resources and saving on costs. If you’ve got a power drill, you can lend this out and get a step ladder or a mower in return.
Grab a Handyman--
You can probably do most projects around your home. But for some jobs, when you weigh up the amount of time it would take to do certain jobs, it’s better to hire a handyman. Although it costs money to hire a handyman in the short term, they can wind up saving you money in the long run. Handymen are often willing to show you the ropes, giving you tips and instructions on how to perform certain maintenance tasks more quickly.