For many people, having to spend lots of time at home can highlight the flaws in their living situations. Either we need to do a bit of remodeling to bring things up to date or we need some maintenance to keep things running smoothly.
Judging by the amount we’re spending on home maintenance and remodeling, we must be noticing a lot of flaws.
Through the third quarter of 2021, the U.S. spent $357 billion on home improvement and repairs the way to a projected $368 billion, according to the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The program projects the total will grow to $400 billion by late 2022.
7-Step Home Maintenance Plan for 2022
Are you among the people planning home maintenance and repair projects? If so, chances are you don’t have a huge stash of cash sitting in your home maintenance budget.
You can save some pennies with some home maintenance and repair tips we Penny Hoarders learned in 2021. We’ve gathered them into this seven-step guide to home maintenance and repairs.
1. Don’t Ignore Your House’s Cries For Help
Your house can’t talk but it can send you messages. If it’s crying for help, ignoring the messge could cost you money later.
- Anything involving water. A small wet spot can be the sign of a leak somewhere. Eventually that leak will grow and possibly destroy floors, walls, furniture, and more. A leaky faucet, running toilet, or dripping water heater can cost more in water bills than the repair would.
- Anything involving electricity. Flickering lights, bad outlets or switches, tripping breakers, and GFI outlets that won’t reset can be signs of electrical problems, which could lead to fires.
- Pests. Rodents and bugs can do lots of damage if left alone.
- Peeling caulk and paint. Once the protective caulk or paint is gone, water gets in and causes damage.
- Broken or malfunctioning HVAC. Problems with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) could means you’re too sweaty or too chilly. But temperature swings inside the home can lead to problems. Additional humidity could cause mold and cold temperatures could cause pipes to freeze.
- Cracks. Small cracks are normal. Big or changing cracks aren’t.
- Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. Working detectors save lives. Change the batteries regularly.
- Darkening ceilings near fireplaces. Dark places or a sooty smell can mean …….