Doing work on your house is expensive and that’s why most people put it off. But if you think that you’re saving money by neglecting home maintenance, you’re wrong. Most of the expensive repairs that you end up doing on your house could have been avoided if you caught them early and did a cheap fix there and then, rather than waiting until the problem gets way worse and you have to pay out for major repairs. If you want to save yourself money in the future, these are the regular home maintenance jobs you need to be doing.
Check Your Pipes
A burst pipe is always an absolute nightmare. You’re going to end up with flooding in the house and you’ll have to call in an emergency plumber to fix it for you. But the thing is, pipes rarely burst out of nowhere. They’ll have small cracks in them that get bigger over time until they eventually burst quickly. Fixing a small crack in a pipe is a lot easier and cheaper than sorting out a major burst pipe. If you get a plumber in to do regular maintenance once a year, you’ll save yourself a lot of money in the long term.
Clean Your Gutters
Nobody wants to get up on a ladder and clean out their gutters, it’s the worst job there is. But getting damp in your walls is a lot worse than that. If you leave the gutters to get clogged up, they’ll fill with water when it rains and that water will start to seep into the house from the top down. Then you’re going to end up with damp in the walls and that’s a lot more expensive and difficult to fix than a clogged up gutter.
Paint The Exterior Of Your House
This is a job that most people don’t really think about. As long as the paint isn’t peeling off the walls, people think that it’s fine, but it isn’t. The paint on the outside of your house forms a protective layer against the elements so it’s especially important when you’re preparing your home for winter. As long as you’re using decent quality paint, you should only need to do it every decade but if you haven’t done it since you moved into the house, it’s worth giving the exterior a coat of paint.
Replace Roof Tiles
A hole in the roof is probably the worst thing that can happen to your house. You’ll have rainwater pouring in and it’ll ruin the entire house. You could end up having to do an entire remodel if things get too bad. But you can stop that from happening if you do regular maintenance on the roof. One broken tile isn’t the end of the world and you can replace it fairly easily, but if you neglect it, the problem is only going to get worse and then you’ll have major repairs on your hands.
You’ll regret it if you neglect any of these simple home repairs because they’ll spiral out of control and cost you a lot of money in the long run.