5 Ways To Prevent Steep Home Maintenance Costs
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Not the biggest job in the world, I admit, but I did it myself, so that's a win. Did you know that the average person spends between £2,000 – 3,000 annually on home maintenance in the UK. Indeed, the value can be more depending on the house’s size and location. If you're about to embark on some maintenance activities, you may be worried about the cost involved. Therefore, it’s understandable that, like other people, you want to reduce the expenses by being conscientious about what you can do. Here are some tips you may want to consider.
1.Make cleaning a routine
There’s nothing more productive than cleaning your home regularly to reduce dirt accumulation. Routine cleaning also keeps wear and tear at bay. The best part is it takes very little time to complete regular cleaning sessions. This is because there isn’t much to wipe down or wipe away. Again, it affords you a timely opportunity to pick up on early signs of deterioration that can be attended to without spending too much.
Furthermore, if you dedicate time to giving your appliances a thorough cleaning at least once or twice a month, they will perform better. Take your vents or filter as examples. Their functions make them subject to dirt accumulation, and once there is a buildup, their performance decreases. It’s the same way with your tiled walls. If you fail to clean them regularly, you wouldn’t know which ones had developed cracks or are coming loose.
One part of the home to turn your attention to is the bathroom. Due to the presence of water and humidity in this room, they can be high maintenance areas. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Take a look at your current shower panels and if they don’t fit the bill, change them to tile or wood effect panels. These are incredibly low maintenance, and that’s why people are going nuts over bathroom shower panels.
2. Create a maintenance fund strictly for home repairs
It’s an open secret that maintenance costs are lower than repairs, but that shouldn’t prevent you from setting up a separate fund mainly for that. Just as you budget for other expenses in the home, maintenance costs should be factored into your budget. Financially speaking, you would have put yourself in a position to take care of unplanned maintenance expenses that become repair works. Without a doubt, it is good financial planning.
3. Look for an experienced handyperson or a professional
Having an experienced handyman at your disposal can save you a lot of money. This is someone with some experience handling plumbing, electrical, and other repair works around the house. It’s essential to build a long-term professional relationship with such persons. The objective behind this relationship is to get them also committed to your home’s maintenance needs. Again, they are excellent sources of information as they teach you basic measures you can take to keep your home maintenance at optimal levels.
4. Be knowledgeable about the land your property is on
Your home’s backyard and surrounding land have a lot of significance, especially regarding maintenance. For example, if the immediate surroundings have a lot of trees and other vegetation, you will be dealing with fallen leaves in your rain gutters, etc. Ignoring regular cleaning can result in blockages in your home’s plumbing, and be aware that it’s likely you will be spending more time and money on your property’s roof. Knowing the peculiarities of your land gives you ample information on steps you can take in advance. Moreover, you will save a lot of money by taking early preventive measures.
5. Cut back on your energy expenses
Cutting back on your energy costs goes beyond turning off switches when lights and appliances are not in use. Instead, it is more about your installations and how often you service them. For example, your boilers and entire central heating system contribute largely to how much you spend annually. It helps to stick to the manufacturer’s instructions on how often these should be serviced. If you are a forgetful person, it's a good idea to set a reminder on your smartphone to alert you when the time is up. Keep in mind that faulty electrical installations consume more energy than they ordinarily would.
Be proactive by investing in a programmable thermostat to regulate your energy consumption. Furthermore, go the extra mile to find out which times or hours are cheaper to use electricity from the electric company. This can inform the decision on when to use your washing machine.
So, by taking these steps, you could prevent more costly problems in your home. Admittedly, it may seem like a lot of bother to do. However, when you consider the inconveniences that come with high home maintenance, your preventive measures will be worth your while.