Easy Home Maintenance Tasks That Will Save You Money

Easy Home Maintenance Tasks That Will Save You Money
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    A home is without a doubt one of your biggest lifetime purchases.

    According to recent census data, the cost of an average American home as of 2019 was $400,200.

    On top of the down payment and mortgage, there is also a cost of maintaining the home.

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Fortunately, there are many ways to save money on these repairs and improvements. Here are 8 easy home maintenance tasks that will save you money.

1. Change HVAC Filters

Your HVAC system features filters that are responsible for trapping dust, toxins, and allergen to ensure you’re getting high-quality indoor air. For these filters to keep performing efficiently, you must change them every few months.

Another benefit of changing filters regularly is that they bring the utility bills down by enabling the HVAC system to run efficiently and consume less energy.

2. Inspect and Clean Downspouts and Gutters Regularly

Clogged downspouts and gutters can result in leaky basements, wood decay, cracked foundations, and pest, insects, and mold infestations that can set you back between $500 and $5000.

The good news is that you can avoid this costly damage to your home by making sure your downspouts are clean and guiding water far from your foundation. You should also ensure your gutters are clear and working efficiently. Consider cleaning them at least twice per year.

3. Inspect for Water Leaks and Repair Them

Water leaks are extremely easy and affordable to repair if you detect them early. But if left undetected or unrepaired, they can result in mold infestation, wood rot, and other costly damages.

Inspect all toilets and sinks for drips or continuous running. Check the ceiling for stains and leaks. Repair any drips you detect right away.

A leaky roof can result in major and expensive damage to your property. So, check your roof for leaks, stains, or any other kind of damage at least once per year. Consider having a professional inspector inspect your roof to ensure every issue will be detected and addressed.

4. Save Energy by Installing a Programmable Thermostat

While programmable thermostats have existed for a while, they’re becoming more advanced nearly every day. With this device, you could set and keep a more comfortable temperature when you’re relaxing at home and adjust the temperature to a more conservative level when you’re asleep or away.

Information on Consumer Reports shows that programmable thermostats can lower energy bills by up to $100.

5. Install Energy-efficient Ceiling Fans

Another great way to lower your energy cost is to install energy-efficient ceiling fans, particularly on your house’s upper floors where heat usually piles up at the ceiling.

The fans can circulate air to make your home cooler during the hot summer months and drive the heat to the floor during the cold winter months.

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6. Update Your Kitchen

You can give your kitchen a new look without spending a fortune. You just need to take your time to think of creative ways to give more life to your kitchen. For instance, you can transform the look of your space with quality unassembled kitchen cabinets. You can also add a charm to your kitchen by spending a few dollars on vintage cookware.

7. Repair Running Toilets

A running toilet can cause your water bill to skyrocket. Luckily, you can easily repair a running toilet. The problem is usually with the mechanism in the tank, which controls water flow.

So, to identify what exactly isn’t working, remove the lid from the tank, flush several times, and keenly watch. Take a picture of the internal assembly of your toilet and carry the photo together with the faulty part to the hardware store. With the picture and failed part, a store expert can help you purchase the right replacement part.

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8. Check Electrical Outlets and Cords for Damage

Faulty electrical outlets and frayed cords account for most electrical fires. Go around your home to check light switches, outlets, and cables for damage and have them fixed. Some of the things that require immediate attention include exposed wires, faulty light switches, and overloaded power strips.

These are just a few of the many money-saving maintenance tasks that you need to know. You can complete most of these tasks within a few hours every month. Come up with a list of the tasks that you must perform every month or once a year and schedule them on your calendar so you don’t miss them.

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