Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA
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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 10/5/2017

A beautiful home offers a welcoming feeling even before you enter the front door. If you have strong greenery skills, it's easy to imagine flowers bursting with color bordering the front walkway. Well trimmed hedges might border the front of your house. Even from the outside, your house might look brand new.

Home maintenance areas where money is well spent

Inside your home, the walls are blemish free, the painting fresh. Flooring is polished and even. Or the floor might be covered with soft, clean carpet. Guests to your home may think that it's easy to keep your house looking new, inside and out. But, you know better.

You know that keeping a beautiful home takes work. But, if money gets tight, you might think seriously about cutting one or more home maintenance projects from your budget. Although it's smart to keep a close check on your spending, these home maintenance projects may not be what you want to cut if you want to keep your home as beautiful as it is now:

  • Roof repair - It doesn't cost anything to climb on a ladder and inspect your roof. You can generally also clean out your gutters without spending additional money. If you spot discolored, bubbled or torn roof tiles, replace them.
  • Window seals - Inspect and replace damaged window seals.
  • Wash siding - Rinse house siding. Wash your house with a mild cleaner and warm water. Use a long scrubbing brush to clean the house, then rinse the house siding with warm water.
  • Filters - Check and replace ventilation filters, this includes air filters and appliance filters.
  • Lawn care - Mow your lawn regularly. De-weed your front and back lawns as needed. Also, pick up and remove dead tree limbs and other debris from your yards.
  • Plumbing - Take action on clogged pipes early. You can use mild drainage openers once a quarter or as needed. Also, get in the habit of removing hair from sinks. Avoid using your toilet as a garbage can to keep your pipes and plumbing clear.
  • Floor tiles - Replace floor tiles when they become uneven. it's cheaper to replace two to five floor tiles than it is to wait and replace flooring in an entire room.
  • Carpet - Depending on your carpet type, you may need to replace your carpet every five to seven years.
  • Let water drip - Let your sink faucets drip when temperatures reach below freezing. This can prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Heavy weight - Remove heavy snow and other debris from the top of your house.
  • Repaint - Consider repainting the interior of your home once every three to six years.
  • Replace - Install new door handles, cabinetry and faucets as needed, especially when the amenities become permanently bent or worn.

Cutting the wrong home maintenance projects out of your budget could speed up the time that it takes your home to start showing signs of wear. It could also cause you to spend more money should a minor irritation turn into a major house repair. For this reason, think twice before you start cutting too much out of our home maintenance budget.




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