Every homeowner worries about the day something breaks. Will it be super expensive? Time consuming to fix? Instead of concentrating on that, turn your attention toward doing maintenance today. By being proactive, you will not have to worry in the long run. To help get you motivated, I recommend doing a home maintenance plan.
Creating a home maintenance plan will not only save you time and money, it’ll prepare you for the possibility of something going wrong. And it doesn’t matter if your home is brand-spanking new or a fixer-upper, start building your plan today. Below you’ll find a few tips and tricks to help you set up some time and money saving home-maintenance goals.
Start with the small stuff
If you’re just starting out in your home, this will be perfect for you. A few small projects can include keeping up your lawn, fixing your fence, covering outlets, and other quick and easy projects. If you’re not sure where to start, make a list of all the things that have been bugging you. After you get done creating your list, prioritize the projects based on urgency and time commitment. Once that’s done, pick a time to tackle a few tasks. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish in one hour!
One more thing: Some tasks should be scheduled on a calendar in order to keep up. This works well with changing air filters or tidying up your lawn.
Not all projects need to be done all at once. For example, let’s say you need to do some work on a few indoor items and replace your fence. The goal shouldn’t be to get everything done all at once, but rather to pace yourself with each project. First decide which project would benefit you the most. Personally, I think indoor projects would be the best way to go. Once you’ve completed that, move on to the outdoor projects.
Another way to pace yourself with projects is to base their priority on costs. Work on the cheaper projects first before tackling the more expensive stuff.
If it breaks, don’t panic
Let’s face it, things are going to break in your house. For most homeowners, that’s a horrible thing to think about. The best way to overcome this fear is to attack it head on.
Start saving today
If you’ve just purchased your home, this plan will work great for you. To start, calculate 10% of your monthly mortgage payment and set it aside for potential upcoming expenses. Next, do some research on the lifespan of certain home appliances and other crucial items on your home. For example, how long does the average roof last? Once you get an idea, you can go one step further and figure out the cost of the roof. With this information, you’ll be able to modify your savings to cover major expense in the future. Fix things now before they turn into a huge expense later
Fix things now before they turn into a huge expense later
This is the heart of why you are doing home maintenance today. Sure, you can’t work your roof today to keep it from needing work tomorrow, but there are still some other projects you can save yourself time on. One thing that comes to mind is flooring. Let’s say you have carpet throughout most of your house. One thing you can start doing this year is having your carpet cleaned once a year.
Home maintenance now can help you score big at closing!
If you have plans to sell your home one day, you may want to start the maintenance now. Then, when the time is right, a dedicated agent, like myself, can help you get the most out of your sale.
If you’re interested in seeing how your home maintenance has helped your home in the market, contact me. Remember, a little work today can really go a long way!
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