When you own a home, you become responsible for any maintenance that needs doing. These repair costs can add up, however there are ways to reduce them. Here are just a few ways to save money on home repairs.
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Fix only what is broken
A lot of people make the mistake of fixing things that were never truly broken to begin with. Sometimes we replace things because they’ve become outdated and inefficient, but in other cases things can get replaced that may simply need touching up. This could include getting a stained carpet professionally cleaned rather than replacing it, or repainting a peeling kitchen cabinet rather than buying a new cabinet.
There are lot of repairs around the home that you can attempt oneself if you’re up for the challenge. This could save you the cost of hiring a professional. You’ll find blog posts and videos online on everything from removing a u-bend to fixing squeaky floorboards. Obviously, it’s important to know your limits – some DIY jobs can be dangerous such as electrics and gas plumbing and should be left to the professionals.
Source parts/materials yourself
Even if you decide to hire a professional repair service, you may be able to still save money by sourcing any replacement parts or materials yourself. A repair company may try to make a profit on any parts they order in, so it’s worth shopping for these parts yourself. You can find all kinds of parts online from water heater parts to electrical socket covers. Just make sure that you know exactly what part you need.
Shop around for repair services
Different repair services will charge different rates so it’s worth collecting multiple quotes. This then allows you to go with the lowest quote. Of course, make sure to read reviews online if available – some small companies may charge low rates to make up for a bad reputation (and you don’t want the extra costs of repairing a botch job). A good company will offer a free quote and may offer other perks such as a warranty. You may be able to receive discounts by getting certain repairs done at certain times of the year – for instance heating repairs could be cheaper in the summer when there is less demand and heating companies are more likely to offer competitive rates.
Invest in things that are built to last
In order to reduce the costs of future repairs, make sure that you opt for materials and appliances that are built to last. You may think that you’re saving money by replacing a broken refrigerator with a cheap used fridge found on Gumtree, but you could find that this also breaks in a couple years leaving you in the same situation. A brand new appliance from a reputable manufacturer might be a little more expensive to purchase, but you’ll get a lot more use out of it before it breaks.
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