Preventive home maintenance is becoming an increasingly popular trend. People are asking themselves whether there’s anything that they can do around their home that will make it last longer and cut their long-term running costs. The good news is that there is.
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The average person in the US spends $3,000 per year on maintaining their property, dropping cash on everything from new lawnmowers to replacing the guttering. Household maintenance fees are just a part of running a home – or so most people think.
It turns out that there’s a lot that you can do to bring down the cost of maintenance and make owning a home a far more financially attractive proposition. Running a home shouldn’t mean that you’re hemorrhaging income every month but rather than you’re in control of your budget and working towards your future.
Replace Your Window Sash At The First Sign Of Trouble
The window sash is the part of the window that holds the glass in place. Not only does it make your window look attractive, but it also helps to keep the heat in and everything else out. With window replacement parts being so inexpensive, fixing a cracked or broken sash has never been easier.
Why are window sashes so important? The main benefit is that they keep heat in your home and help to control moisture. Homes with broken sashes tend to let moisture in from rain, which then leads to the growth of things that you don’t want, like mold. Sashes also help to keep pests out which could be expensive to remove if you suffer an infestation.
Build Relationships With Local Tradespeople To Get Hold Of Recycled Materials
Paying full price for specific items, like bathroom tiles or plastic guttering probably isn’t necessary, especially if a second-hand version will suffice. The good thing about knowing a local trades-person is that you can often get cheap or free materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere.
Shop Around For Bargains On Hardware
You can’t always get the things you need out of the back of a skip, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find great deals in local hardware stores.
Hardware stores sometimes make mistakes with their inventory, ordering too many products for them to sell at the advertised price. If you sign up to their email list, you can often get your hands on quality discounted products: everything from doors to paint.
Replace The Filters On Your Air-conditioning Unit
Your air conditioning unit needs a constant supply of particle-free air to work correctly. Particle-free air, however, isn’t practical, so most mini-split units use a filter. Filters, however, can become clogged over time and, if not replaced, force the compressor and motors in your HVAC to work harder than they’re designed to. The trick to avoiding hefty maintenance bills is to replace your air filter at regular intervals and avoid paying high fees for HVAC maintenance or replacement.
Will you do anything to ensure that you cut the costs of maintaining your property?
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