Your home is a big investment which is why you should treat it as such. There are always new ways you can learn to take care of your home. Being proactive about maintaining it will show immediate benefits. Thinking “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is only going to prolong bigger and more costly problems in the future. John Riha, author of several books on remodeling, says that taking care of your home regularly “will reward you lower energy bills, smaller repair costs, and a more comfortable, beautiful home environment.”
Declutter your home
Never walk away from a mess without cleaning it up. It might be tempting, but put yourself in the habit of always leaving your home in pristine condition. Take fifteen minutes out of everyday to pick up around your home. If it makes it easier, make a mental note to pick up three things every time you enter a room that needs some help. In addition, pick one object a day that you haven’t used in awhile, and put it away in a box. At the end of the month, anything in the box that you haven’t needed should be tossed or donated.
Keep it clean
Change your HVAC filters regularly. At the very least, clean your HVAC filters once a month and replace them once every three months. This will allow your air conditioning and heating appliances to run much more efficiently. Regularly inspect the roof, windows, and perimeter of your home for any leaks, missing shingles, or other problems. For example, most home insurance won’t cover floods if they found out the flood was caused by clogged gutters and, by extension, lack of maintenance on the homeowner’s part. Also, always take your shoes off when entering your home. It’s not just dirt you have to worry about. According to a study from the University of Houston, almost half of shoes tested tracked in a bacteria known as Clostridium difficile. This bacteria can cause some serious gastrointestinal problems. Let the shoes and everything that comes with them stay at the door.
Set aside a maintenance fund
Things happen. They break, fall apart, stop working, you name it — and they all cost money to fix or replace. Professionals suggest putting away $1 per year per square foot. Make the withdrawal part of your routine every paycheck. This way, when the inevitable happens, you’ll be ready to tackle the problem without the added worry of figuring out your finances. The money will already be there waiting for you.
Home maintenance ultimately comes down to habits and routine. If you make it a natural part of your life, maintenance isn’t a chore and it’s an investment. Most of home maintenance jobs can definitely be done by yourself. However, if there is maintenance you find yourself putting off for any reason, don’t ignore it. It’s best to hire a professional to do it instead. No matter how you do it, home maintenance should be part of your daily routine for happier, financially-stable home.