Wednesday, July 4, 2018

9 Ways To Prevent Your Home From Costing You a Fortune

Your home is, most likely, the biggest expense that you’ll ever have.
But alas, it’s not just the cost of the house that takes a massive chunk
out of your finances; the cost of maintaining, updating, and other household
expenses will mean that your home, over the course of a lifetime, will cost
much more than whatever you paid for the home, to begin with. But while
some of these costs are unavoidable, there’s usually a way to keep them
down. Below, we take a look at nine tips that’ll help prevent so much of
your money going into matters related to your household.


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Stay on top of Small Imperfections


It’s easy to overlook a small imperfection here and there. What, after all,
is the harm of some peeling wallpaper, or a skirting board that’s beginning
to fall away? In the grand scheme of things, nothing. However, those small imperfections
aren’t going to just stop exactly where they are: that wallpaper is going to fall even further away.
The skirting board, now compromised, will soon need to be fully replaced. As such, it’s
worthwhile “nipping any problems in the bud,” as it were. Take ten or fifteen minutes to
touch up a problem when it’s still small, and you’ll save yourself the big expense when it
turns into a larger issue.


And Monitor the BIG Problems


Of course, it’s not going to be wallpaper and other such things that leave a massive
dent in your bank account; that’ll be reserved for the kind of problems that can cause
many a sleepless night. Structural problems, roof issues, mold, and the like can cost a
lot of time and energy to repair, so it’s important that you’re aware of any issues before they
become too big. Just because no issues were flagged when you bought the home, that doesn’t
mean they won’t be problems in the future. Learn the warning signs, and you’ll be able to do
something about them before things get too problematic. Because needless to say, these issues
are expensive to solve!


Limit Your Energy Use


There’s nothing too sophisticated about saving money by limiting your energy use. The less you use,
the less your bills are going to be - it’s as simple as that! There are nearly always to reduce your
energy consumption even further, even if you think it’s something that you’re normally pretty good at
managing. Your bills will be lower if you unplug your technology when you’re not using it; if you turn
off your lights if you’re not going to be in the room for five minutes or less; and if you think about your
water consumption. Over the matter of a month, the differences will be noticeable but not
groundbreaking; multiply the savings by a year and more, and it suddenly begins to look a lot more
attractive.


Upcycle Old Furniture


You don’t want just to own a house; you want it to look good, be stylish, be comfortable, and so on.
But as you probably already know, furniture and other decorations can be expensive. So why not
save a ton of money, get creative, and have a unique piece by creating your own furniture? OK, you’re
not really “creating” the pieces, but you are making them unique. It’s simple. You take an old table,
chair, wardrobe, or whatever else, add some chalk paint or other touch up substance, and, voila, you’ll
have a new piece of furniture for your home. And it’ll barely have cost you anything.


Learn the Basics of DIY


There are going to be some jobs that you absolutely need to call in a professional to take care of.
Sometimes there’s just no getting around it! But actually, having to call in a pro isn’t a problem most
homeowners have - it’s the opposite. Some people reach for their phone for every job, no matter how
small it is. If you learn the basics of home DIY - which really aren’t all that complicated - you’ll be able
to roll up your sleeves and get the job done, all the while ensuring you’re keeping plenty of cash in your
pocket.


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Repair Your Equipment


You’ll have a lot of equipment in your garage, tools you use for gardening and the like. And of
course, they weren’t cheap. When they begin to break down, our first impulse is to consign the
tool to the scrapyard. But what if there was another option? Well, there is. You can fix it instead.
By using a site like PlanoPower.com, you can buy replacement parts for your power equipment, and
give it a new lease of life. A study once found that the majority of the tech and tools that found its way
to the scrapyard wasn’t broken at all - it just needed a couple of parts replacing! By fixing yours, you’ll
be saving yourself the cost of replacing the item.


Rent the Bigger Tools


While you should be owning and repairing some tools, there are others that you should instead be
renting. If you need a specific tool, but can’t envision that you’ll be using it too often, then this will
be the cheaper option, and also, just overall, more sensible; big tools take up space, for instance.


Buy Energy Efficient Tech


When it comes to your home appliances, it’s important to remember that not all tools are made equally.
Some are highly energy efficient; some suck energy and cash! As such, when it comes to your
appliances, it’s best to look for items that are known for their efficiency. These really will save you
much more money than older, inefficient models, and they’re also much better for the environment!


Shop Around

Don’t forget the power of shopping around. If you refuse to settle for the first option for just about
everything connected to your house, you’ll find that you can save a lot of money, especially when
it comes to things like home insurance and mortgage rates. It’s never wise to accept the first offer you
receive, with anything!

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