Posted by Peggy Farber on 9/27/2017

Owning a home is expensive. Aside from your mortgage, you also have to pay for insurance, utilities, property taxes... the list goes on.

It may seem like there are few ways to cut back on the expenses of owning a home. However, one of the most effective things you can do to save money as a homeowner is to do your own maintenance. The cost of home repairs can add up, especially if you live in an older home or in an area where services like plumbers and electricians arenít accessible or affordable.

With a little research and some hard work, however, maintaining your home can be a source of pride and of saving yourself money.

In this article, weíll cover the basic home maintenance and home improvement knowledge that will save you money, and point you in the direction of some resources that will help you attain those skills.

Maintenance is key

To increase the longevity of appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, youíll need to perform some mundane tasks regularly. That includes cleaning filters, fans, and going online to order new ones when necessary. In the same way that failing to change your oil filter will result in a much more expensive issue, so will failing to properly maintain your appliances.

In a world where companies are making it increasingly difficult for consumers to repair their own devices, itís more important than ever to learn the basic skills needed to make simple repairs.

What you should do before repairing anything

There are some precautions you should take before repairing or maintaining things like appliances. First, always be sure the item is turned off and unplugged before working with its components.

Next, refer to the manual first, but if that fails, search for tutorials online such as on YouTube for your particular model. Always keep in mind that sometimes warranties are void if you attempt repairs yourself,  so make sure the repair youíre attempting is easy enough so that you donít risk losing your warranty.

The right tools for the job

It might be tempting to go down to The Home Depot and fill a cart with power tools when you buy your first home. Remember, however, that certain tools are more useful than others. Find out which tools youíll be using most often. Odds are theyíre simple, inexpensive hand tools that will fit in a small toolbox. Some power tools, such as a cordless drill, will probably be worth the investment as long as you take care of the batteries.

Donít throw out good materials

Ample storage space is a problem many homeowners face. But if you can spare the space, hold onto materials from previous projects that might come in handy. Some examples include:

  • Paint. You donít want to have to go back to the store and mix a new can of paint just for a touch-up.

  • Nails and screws that come with your purchases. Sometimes the screws are designed specifically for whatever youíre building. Save your backups so you donít have to buy a new bag if one is lost.

  • Wood. Having extra wood around can come in handy for any number of home improvement projects.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 4/5/2017

Most everyone likes to come home to a house that is sparkling clean, with all areas bright, cheerful and inviting. However, for homeowners that are employed outside the household, it can be quite a challenge to find the time and energy to effectively keep the house clean, well-maintained, and in good repair. Every area of the home needs constant attention. Even a property that is unoccupied gatherís dust: ďDust and time make grimeĒ. If your housework and household chores are getting the best of you and you find it is more than you can keep up with, hiring a professional housecleaning service can be monies well spent. Baseboards And Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans and baseboards are a couple of the biggest dust collectors in any structure. Fans are often inaccessible without a ladder and baseboard cleaning requires a lot of getting down on your knees to dust and scrub. Spotless Bathrooms If daily or weekly housekeeping is too much of a stretch of the budget, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning services to come in twice a month to tackle the jobs you find to be drudgery or those for which you do not have the proper tools or equipment. If mold has built-up in shower grout, or on bathroom flooring tiles, a professional cleaning with a steam cleaner and then applying a coat of grout sealer will have your bathroom fresh and clean with nowhere for germs and bacteria to grow and multiply. Maintaining a clean and tidy is important to maintaining a safe and healthy home. If clutter abounds, it becomes a hazard such as magazines and shoes on the stairways or burned-out light bulbs in the hallway. Having draperies, upholstered furniture and carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year removes dusts, odors, allergens and pet hair. Preparing Your Home For Sale No matter if you seek twice weekly cleaning services to help keep your home clean and comfortable or if you are putting the home on the market and want a deep-cleaning to make the property ready to show, enlisting the services of professionals can save time, money and a lot of hard work verses doing the job yourself. When preparing a property for sale, you will want to remove personal photos and distracting clutter. The home should be spotless with windows sparkling and every surface shining. While it may seem a bit costly and self-indulgent to hire a professional cleaning service if you have been used to maintaining the property yourself, you will find that when marketing your home for sale it is more than worth the effort and expense. The off-putting smell of stale cooking odors, garbage that needs to be emptied, or a cat litter box in need of refreshing, can be the stumbling block that subconsciously turns a potential homebuyer away. Donít risk losing a potential sale because your house looks or smells less than its best. Hire A Licensed And Bond Housecleaning Company Before bringing a stranger into your home, do a background check and only enlist the services of established and reputable cleaning service with verifiable references.




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Posted by Peggy Farber on 10/14/2015

In order for your home to maintain value and to continually look in good condition, it is important that you maintain it on a regular basis. However, to ensure that you get the best quality maintenance, it is important that you find the right type of service to fix up homes. There is the choice of doing it yourself, but remember that while small jobs can be easy, when it comes to more complex maintenance work, you are better off using a professional service, because this in turn will ensure that you do get the right results once your home has been maintained. Maintaining a home can range from keeping the roof in good condition so that it does not leak during those rainy seasons, to replacing your windows so that you keep your home insulated from the heat and cold, which in turn can save you a lot of money on energy bills. Of course, there are also those intricate jobs such as plumbing, replacing the floor, and unblocking the drain. By finding a reputable service that can fix up homes, you can feel comfortable knowing that you can use them over the years, because as they begin to maintain one area of your home, there will always be something else that will pop up later down the road. Therefore, take your time to do a good amount of research on one of these services, which can easily be done by going on the Internet. The reason for this is because many of these maintenance services now have an online presence, so you will be able to get a good idea of exactly what they offer and get an idea of what they are charging for that service.