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As a homeowner, you take pride in your home and want to keep it clean and in good condition. Hiring professionals to handle your home repairs is necessary from time to time, but that can also get expensive. So here are some money-saving tips for homeowners who want to be more proactive in keeping up with those jobs around the house. And since there are many parallels between home maintenance and car maintenance, you’ll get some bonus tips on how to apply these ideas to your vehicle as well.
Fix Problems ASAP
The first thing every homeowner – and car owner, for that matter – needs to understand is that deferred maintenance is the enemy. When you put off a small repair for “sometime later,” you make it more likely that this small problem will grow into a larger, more expensive problem. And if you continue to put if off, that larger problem will then begin to spawn additional problems, and before you know it you have a major catastrophe on your hands.
So put aside some money every month so that you can repair that leaky faucet and address that stain on the ceiling as soon as you notice it. Check out that squeaky noise coming from the engine compartment right away too. Take your car to a mechanic immediately when the check engine light goes on. Fixing these problems right away will save you tons of money and stress in the long run.
Shop Around for the Best Deals
When maintenance and repair issues do arise, it’s always best to shop around for the best prices on services, tools and materials. You can check online for e-coupons from sites like Groupon or even Yelp, since many local home repair companies offer deals through these sites and apps. Major hardware warehouse stores also tend to have financing deals that can save you a lot of money on repair services and materials, so check those out too.
You can also make a file to hold onto those junk mail coupons that hit your mailbox and get shoved into your screen door every day. Sure, everyone complains about junk mail and flyers, but when your carpet needs deep cleaning before a family reunion or you get a flat tire, you end up scouring the house for hours looking for that one coupon you saw last month. Instead, create a dedicated file folder so that you have it handy when the time arrives.
Invest in Your DIY Education
Eventually, you’ll want to start tackling those maintenance and repair tasks yourself to save even more money. YouTube is an essential and free resource for DIY home repairs. You can also find good deals on recycled home construction materials, both new and used. Do a search on Google or Yelp for recycled home materials in your city.
The same goes with home repairs. There are car repair manuals available for just about every year, make and model on the planet. You can also find videos on YouTube that will show you step-by-step how to change out various parts on your car. And you can save tons of money on car repairs by sourcing used auto parts for cars from salvage yards and installing them yourself. However, be careful with big or complicated repair jobs. If you’re unsure about something, consult a professional to make sure you don’t worsen the damage and end up with a more costly repair.
Repairing your home and car yourself will save you a lot of money over the years. Preventive maintenance can also keep many of those big repair problems from occurring in the first place. And when the time does come to get your hands dirty, having coupons and resources at the ready will save you time and money and allow you to get the best prices possible.
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