For many homeowners, one of the best ways to save money on their home expenses is to take care of routine maintenance and home repairs on their own. However, without the right knowledge and skills to do the job, you could wind up causing more harm than good if you can’t complete the project or leave things in more than a mess than they were before.
Luckily, with a little planning and preparation, you can tackle a large amount of home maintenance or repair projects all on your own. To help you in doing this, here are three tips for doing your own home maintenance and repairs.
Focus On Preventative Maintenance
To avoid having to pay for a professional to come in when something big has gone wrong, Sandra Parker, a contributor to MoneyCrashers.com, recommends that you focus your attention on preventative maintenance through a home maintenance plan.
As a part of this plan, consider making a calendar where you schedule out what preventative maintenance you’ll do and at what times. This will help you keep on track with the maintenance that your home needs. And when you do have big issues that you need to address on your property, like problems with your foundation, you’ll have money saved as a result of your preventative work on your home.
Familiarize Yourself With The Basics
In order to take on any of the preventative maintenance tasks that you’ll need to do around your property, you’ve got to educate yourself on how to accomplish those tasks you’ll face.
To know where to start, Sara Elliott, a contributor to How Stuff Works, shares that some of the basics you should learn how to do include things like painting a wall, fixing sticking or squeaking doors, applying caulking, fixing a leaky faucet, and plunging a toilet. If you don’t know how to do any or all of these things, you can either seek out help from someone you know or find one of the many videos online that can help walk you through the processes.
Learn How To Stay On Budget
When doing home maintenance or repairs on your own, it’s wise to set a budget.
According to Alaina Tweddale, a contributor to HouseLogic.com, four out of five homeowners go over their budget when trying to do home maintenance or improvement projects. But by doing your research about your costs, setting a realistic budget, and planning for contingencies, you should be able to stay on budget.
If you’re going to start doing some preventative maintenance or repairs at your home and around your property, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do so successfully.
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