As your home is probably one of the biggest and best investments you’ve ever made, there’s a high chance you’ll want to keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Good maintenance planning can help you save money in the long run.
The only problem is, property maintenance can be expensive, but with clever thinking and a little forward planning you can save thousands on keeping your residence in good shape.
With this in mind, here are five ways to reduce costs:
1. Use the right products
These days, there are many products on the market that are designed to prolong the life of wood, metal and other building materials saving the need to replace them.
Anti-rust primer for instance, offers anti-rust protection for new or rusted steel surfaces, preventing corrosion from occurring.
Such products are affordable to buy and can be used as and when necessary helping the metal elements of your property shine for a long time to come.
2. Check your roof regularly
If you want to save money on home maintenance, it’s important to inspect the structural elements of your property regularly.
Checking the roof every few months, for example, will help you to spot damage such as cracks, splits or weathered flashing
It will allow you to make the relevant minor repairs (which tend to be fairly inexpensive) before they turn into something troublesome and costly.
3. Get damp under control
Damp might be a common problem affecting many households, but left to fester it can cause thousands of pounds worth of structural damage.
Replacing rotting floorboards, crumbling plasterwork, stained ceilings and peeling wallpaper all costs money, so learn how to deal with the three main types of damp (rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation) and prevent problems associated with damp from worsening.
4. Practise your DIY skills
When something goes wrong at home it can be tempting to dial for help.
Plumbers, electricians, painters, decorators and such like can always provide assistance but you could save a fortune by doing some of the maintenance work yourself.
That’s right, learning how to unclog a toilet or unblock a sink could prove invaluable down the line and it’s really not that tricky to apply silicone/caulk round the bathtub or windows.
You never now your DIY skills may be better than you realise and you may actually enjoy sorting things out – and saving money at the same time!
Of course, do be careful that you don’t take on a DIY approach to something that your really don’t have the skills for – you could end up with an expensive bill, certainly not saving money.
5. Deep clean
Thinking about replacing your carpets, curtains or sofa? Then be prepared to shell out rather a lot of money.
These things don’t come cheap, so if you’re on a budget or just want to save your cash for a rainy day, try giving everything a deep clean.
You’ll be amazed at how your carpets look after every last inch has been hovered and steamed and your suite is sure to look much better too.
There are many ways to save money on property maintenance, so put these five tips to the test and take care of your home in a more frugal way.