Money-Saving Home Maintenance Tips
After all the expenses you incurred from building your home and completing its overall look, sometimes we forget to allot time, energy, and money for maintaining it. The truth is, home maintenance is something we often neglect.
Between our daily and weekly responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc., maintenance is something that often falls by the wayside. But it’s essential. Like your vehicle, your home and property benefit from regular tune-ups to ensure the proper functioning of all equipment, parts, and appliances. And it will also save you costly repairs in the future.
Tackling home maintenance doesn’t have to get in the way of your job and family obligations. And it doesn’t have to dole a hole in your pocket, either. Getting it done in 15-minute bursts is the smart way to keep everything in tip-top condition.
- Vacuum the condenser coils at the back of your fridge annually.
- Replace your furnace filters seasonally.
- Polish your natural wood front door. If painted, surface wash it.
- Clean the air conditioner grill and register.
- Dust and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (twice a year).
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (annually).
- Self-clean the oven (Okay, technically this takes hours, but it only takes a few minutes to set it up).
- Clean your kitchen exhaust hood. Clean or replace the filter.
- Check your water heater for signs of leakage or rust.
- Look for worn extension cords. Replace them.
- Inspect your furnace. If there is any sign of rust, scale or weird noises, book a professional inspection.
- Pick a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet (GFCI) and test it. Push the Test button, check that this has popped out the Reset button and that anything hooked up to the outlet will no longer power on. Push Reset and you’re good to go. Test a different GFCI outlet next time.
- Conduct a garage door safety check. Put it into manual mode and lift it: it should glide smoothly and stay open on its own three feet from the ground: if not, call a professional to counterbalance it.
- Put a pet- or child-size object on the ground (a small cardboard box or lightweight plastic laundry hamper, for example) and close the door. It should pop up as soon as it meets the obstacle. If not, call a pro.
- Check your emergency flashlight. Do the batteries work? If not, replace them, or consider upgrading to a non-battery powered, manual wind-up model.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. You never know when you'll need them. Sometimes, it’s a matter of life or death, so take the time to change the batteries now.
- Prepare your lawn mower for summer. Change the engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade. You'll lengthen the life of the mower and improve the look of your lawn.
- Clear vegetation around your AC compressor. To work efficiently, the compressor needs good airflow. Prune any plant growth that could block it.
- Drain your water heater. Sediment builds up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. By doing so, you'll prolong its life and reduce your electric bill.
You'll probably need to dedicate a couple days to complete the list so as not to disrupt your regular work schedule, but don't look at them as chores. View them as crucial preventative measures—ones that will help you save on your utility bills and avoid big repairs later on. It could be the highest paid work you'll do this week!