As the saying goes, sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Or in this case, save money. There are a number of different repairs, upgrades, or regular maintenance actions you can perform on your home to prevent major expenses in the future. Here are a few:
- Caulking. If you caulk the areas around your countertops, bathtubs, and sinks, this helps to prevent moisture from seeping through the gaps and forming mold. This is extremely important, because mold can absolutely destroy walls. In the long run, caulking could save you some significant repairs.
- Insulation. Properly insulating your walls can really make a difference on your energy bill. During the winter it keeps the heat in, and during the summer it keeps the heat out, meaning that your furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard.
- Cleaning carpets. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t regularly clean their carpets. Regular carpet cleaning extends the carpet’s life. It’s far less expensive to clean them than to fully replace them.
- Changing filters. Just like a car runs more efficiently when you change its air filters, your home can run more efficiently when you change your furnace’s air filters. It also helps to improve the air quality of your home and keeps the furnace working for a much longer time.
Homeowners: What other maintenance tips have you discovered over the years that help you to save money in the long run?