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There’s no getting around it, maintaining a home is expensive. With so much to fix, update, and remodel, you’re going to have to spend a certain amount on upkeep every year. With that being said, there are ways that you can save money and spend less on home maintenance. Here are some straightforward ideas to keep in mind.
Do What You Can by Yourself
While some jobs will require professional workers no matter what, there are many smaller tasks that you should be able to complete yourself. Don’t pick up the phone and call for help every time there’s a minor issue. Instead, try to tinker around a bit and see if you can solve the problem with your own two hands. If you’re not particularly handy, you’ll get better with experience.
Trade Your Services for Work on the House
Whatever your particular profession may be, think of ways that you could trade your own expertise for work on the house. If you’re a teacher, perhaps you could tutor the carpenter’s son in exchange for a refinished basement. If you’re a financial consultant, offer your services to the local roofer in exchange for some replaced shingles. Not only will this save you money, but it will also make you a valuable member of the community.
Build Relationships With Contractors
Instead of switching constantly from one contractor to another, consider choosing a single company or person and sticking with it. As the relationship grows, you might get some special deals that will save you serious money.
Do Jobs Right the First Time
It costs more to do a job cheaply twice than it does to do it right only once. Avoid short term fixes that might seem smart at the time but will only cost you more down the road. Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen or fixing a garage door, spend that little bit extra to make sure the job will last.
Plumbing is certainly an area where smart choices are necessary. Find a plumber you can count on, and have them give your entire house a once over. Taking their advice and fixing any problems before they arise will prevent costly water damage in the future.
Home maintenance is always a major expense, but you can lessen the costs by taking the steps above. With a little strategizing, you can shrink your annual spending.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber.
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