Saving on Home Maintenance

Nowadays, it can cost a lot of money to maintain a home. According to, American homeowners spend on average $3,192 a year on upkeep for their homes. This doesn’t even include larger repairs that might arise, such as fixing a leaky roof, buying a new furnace, or replacing a broken appliance. Here are a few tips for spending wisely on home maintenance.

  1. Get multiple quotes for larger projects. Have a few different people come out to give you a quote on large repairs. This will tell you if any one repair person is trying to charge you too much.
  2. Before buying a new home, ensure your home inspector looks at everything thoroughly and provides a detailed report about the things that may need to be fixed.
  3. Ensure you have adequate insurance that covers flooding, earthquake damage, and/or fire damage. This is especially important if you live in an area that has experienced these disasters before.
  4. Check your toilets, faucets, and sprinkler valves for leaks. Water leaks not only cost money due to wasted water but also can cause damage to your home, so it is a good idea to get them fixed quickly.
  5. Perform regular maintenance tasks such as changing your furnace filter, oiling your automatic gate, cleaning your refrigerator coils, etc. to ensure everything is working as efficiently as possible.

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