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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 5/18/2018

Home maintenance plays a key role in ensuring your house will impress both now and in the future. If you establish a home maintenance budget today, you can reduce the risk of spending too much to find ways to keep your residence looking neat and tidy.

Ultimately, creating a home maintenance budget can be simple Ė here are three tips to help you craft an effective home maintenance budget.

1. Assess Your Home Maintenance Needs

Home maintenance generally varies from house to house. Thus, the home maintenance needs of a mansion owner are unlikely to match those of a condo owner.

Think about what types of home maintenance that you need to perform. That way, you can determine exactly what you'll need to do to maintain your residence for years to come.

It often helps to examine each room of your house, as well as your home's exterior. Then, you can better understand different aspects of your home and what you'll need to do to achieve the optimal home care results.

2. Make a Home Maintenance Checklist

A checklist is a terrific option for any homeowner who wants to limit his or her home maintenance expenses. This checklist will enable you to determine the home maintenance tasks that you'll need to complete and the expenses associated with them.

For example, if you want to maintain a lush garden in your backyard, you may need to purchase assorted gardening supplies. Conversely, if your bedroom has carpet, you'll want to pick up a vacuum that you can use to keep the carpet dirt- and dust-free.

It also may be a good idea to update your home maintenance checklist regularly. If you perform home upgrades, your home maintenance needs may change. As such, you'll want to revise your home maintenance checklist to account for various home upgrades over time.

3. Establish Home Maintenance Priorities

Whereas cleaning your swimming pool may need to be done periodically during summertime, mowing the front lawn likely needs to be done much more frequently. Fortunately, if you have home maintenance priorities in place, you can budget your time and resources appropriately.

As you craft your home maintenance budget, you should consider your home care expertise as well. If you don't feel comfortable performing certain home maintenance projects, it may be worthwhile to hire professionals to complete these tasks for you. And if you decide to hire professionals, you probably will need to account for additional costs in your home maintenance budget.

With a home maintenance budget, you'll be better equipped than ever before to ensure your house dazzles day after day. Plus, if you decide to sell your house, you'll be in a great position to maximize its value.

Lastly, if you plan to list your home, you may want to contact a real estate agent sooner rather than later. This real estate professional can help you prepare your residence for the housing market and provide expert home selling tips. As a result, a real estate agent will make it easy for you to list your house and enjoy a quick, profitable home selling experience.




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Posted by Stacey West (NH/MA) on 11/24/2017

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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