The costs associated with maintaining a home are often quite high, but the truth of the matter is they do not always have to be. There are actually many ways you can improve and maintain your home without breaking the bank. If you are a homeowner on a budget, take a minute to read over the following tips. They provide some great ideas that will help you efficiently maintain your home for less.
Exterior and Yard Maintenance
Your home’s exterior and yard are the first things people see, so it makes sense to keep them well-maintained. Take the time to regularly inspect the exterior of your home so you can address any issues right away. Proper maintenance will prevent bigger problems from forming and can save you money. If there are any exterior areas of your home that need to be touched up with paint, do so at once. The same goes for siding. If you notice a problem, fix it before it gets worse. You should also inspect your roof regularly. Check to see if any trees are touching it or if there are any missing or loose shingles. If indeed there are, trim the branches and replace the problem shingles right away. Also examine your gutters from time to time to check for leaf buildup and other debris. Keeping your gutters clear will ensure they function properly and will help prevent more serious problems in the future.
If you are looking for ways to spruce up your home’s yard without spending a fortune, think about doing some landscaping. Not only can it be extremely cost-effective, but it makes your home more attractive as well. Pull any visible weeds and plant some small shrubs and trees. Add some flowers, rocks or mulch in areas that could use a little pick-me-up. Some simple landscaping is a budget-friendly way to up the curb appeal of your home.
There are other ways you can maintain the exterior of your home for less as well. Replace any traditional incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs with LED floodlights. Because they use considerably less energy and last much longer than traditional bulbs, you will save money on both energy and replacement costs. Outdoor solar lights are also a good option for low-cost and low-maintenance lighting. If you have a cement driveway, take the time to seal it with a reasonably-priced, quality driveway sealer. Most high-quality sealers will protect your driveway from the elements and prevent cracking for a number of years.
Just as there are many things to maintain outside, there are lots of things that need maintenance on the inside of your home as well. Luckily there are many budget-friendly ways of going about this. Some of the most important things to maintain in your home are the heating and cooling systems. One of the best ways to maintain your heating and cooling systems and keep your energy costs down is to seal your home effectively. Because hot and cool air can easily escape from gaps and cracks around doors and windows, you should try to seal every door and window as thoroughly as you can. If you keep your home sealed properly, you will probably notice a decrease in both heating and cooling costs. Another thing to do is have your furnace, central air conditioner, and hot water heater inspected on an annual basis. Having these costly appliances inspected regularly will usually allow you to catch any issues before they turn major. Additionally, if any of these appliances are not functioning correctly, it can cause your energy bills to be much higher than necessary. Digital, programmable home thermostats are also a great way to maintain your heating and cooling costs. Because they allow you to program your furnace and air conditioner to run only at certain times, it saves you a considerable amount on your energy costs.
There are also some inexpensive updates that can really perk up the interior of your home. First of all, a fresh coat of paint can instantly change the look of any room in need of some attention. As far as home improvement projects go, painting is one of the most cost-effective things to do. You can also take on the project of refinishing old kitchen cabinets. Although it may take some time to complete this project, the end results will be worth it.
You can also save money on maintenance costs by installing some newer items in your home. Replace any older light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). This will cut down on your energy consumption and lower your electricity bills. If you have the money, you can also install some newer, energy-efficient appliances. Since most people do not have the money to replace all the appliances in their home at once, think about replacing one per year. Energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators may cost a lot upfront, but they can really save you money in the long run.
These are all great ways to maintain your home for less. Since most of them do not require a great deal of money to complete, you should definitely give them a try today. Both your home and your wallet will thank you.
Guest post from Marley Lane. Marley writes for HouseInsurance.com.