Banking on Budgeting: Saving Money with Home Maintenance

This is the first in a series of articles designed to provide you with budgeting tips that can help ease the burden of your budget!

When people think about the investment they’ve made with their home, they often forget to look beyond their mortgage to the everyday costs: broken washing machines, warped hardwood floors or even cracks in the foundation. However, with some inexpensive regular maintenance, some of the most pricey house problems can be avoided. Here are four easy ways to keep your house in shape and inexpensive.

1)      Check the roof.  While a minor leak may not seem like a big deal, if it’s left uncorrected, it can lead to huge amounts of damage that will really take a chunk from your wallet. The best thing you can do to prevent extensive roof decay is regularly inspect your roof for leaks, holes or water damage. You can do this by simply taking a trip up into the attic and taking note of any visible issues from the inside. If this doesn’t seem like something you can handle, many roofing repair companies will do inexpensive inspections.

2)      Clear the AC Unit.  There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing your AC unit has broken in the middle of Florida’s summer heat. However, a few simple measures can help maintain your AC and keep you left high and dry. Regularly inspect your outside condensing unit and be sure it is clear of leaves, sticks and debris and be sure to regularly clean or change your air filters to improve the air flow of your system.

3)      Clean the gutters.  Neglected gutters can cause all sorts of problems, from wood rot problems, to pest infestations, to even severe roof damage. Regularly cleaning your gutters of leaves, debris and dirt is a simple way to make sure the drainage system of your house is flowing smoothly. (Need some tips on cleaning the gutters? Check out this video from Lowes!)

4)      Check your smoke detectors.  While this one may seem obvious, checking the smoke detectors of your home is often one of those chores that sits on your list until it’s too late. Taking just a few minutes to check the system or replace some dead batteries could help prevent one of most expensive (and dangerous!) home disasters: a house fire.

What sort of home maintenance tips do you have to help save money in the long run? Share them with us in the comments below! 

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