DIY Maintenance for 5 Areas in the Home

DIY Maintenance for 5 Areas in the Home
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    You can lower your utility bill and avoid some costly repair bills by performing some DIY maintenance in various areas of your home.

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You can find instructions, directions and assistance on many DIY home maintenance projects online, through workshops at home improvement stores and in the vast array of DIY books that are readily available. The following five areas are good places to start when saving money and protecting your home are your primary goals.

Windows

Drafty windows can result in higher utility bills in all seasons. Inspect your windows carefully and if you see caulking that is cracked or areas where it is missing completely, replace the caulking. Be sure to check the area outside of your home where the window casing meets the siding. This area may also need some caulking added or replaced.

Appliances

Regularly checking the appliances in your home and performing any necessary maintenance can extend the life of the appliance and prevent expensive repair bills. As part of this maintenance project, you should check the hoses and connections on the washing machine frequently. Clean the dryer vent after each load and periodically check the hose connection for tightness and the outside vent for debris. You should also regularly vacuum the coils on the back of the refrigerator and check the seal around the door.

Gutters

Keeping gutters and downspouts clean should be a regular part of your household maintenance routine. Be sure to repair any damaged areas or sagging gutters as they can seriously damage your home if left unattended. You can do this work yourself with water pressure or just heavy duty gloves or you can hire professionals to come and clean them for you. Nothing can be worse than having to repair your roof after ice and water damage have left you looking like a fool.

HVAC system

Updating your Comfortable Home Systems HVAC system can save you some money on your utility bills. Doing the proper maintenance can keep the system working at the highest level of efficiency and reduce the need for service calls. Changing the filter regularly or cleaning a reusable filter should be high on the home maintenance priority list. You should also make regular inspections to be sure that the outside unit is free of debris.

Faucets

Repairing leaky faucets may be a project you procrastinate over. Quite often, the repair is as simple as replacing a worn out washer. Instructions for this project are easy to find and easy to follow. The results will be one less frustration to deal with and the satisfaction of knowing you did the repair yourself.

Maintenance around the house done by yourself can save you a lot of money as some of these repairs are seriously expensive if left to the professionals. Generally, appliances, heating systems and roofs need to be replaced less often if the proper maintenance is done and can there for save some serious cash in the long run. Consider these areas of the home if you want to make sure you stay financially stable.

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