Do you make a New Year’s resolution? Nearly 75-percent of all Americans make at least one every January. The top resolutions typically are losing weight/getting more active and saving more money. But what if you made a different kind of resolution this year?
Have you ever considered making a New Year’s resolution for your home maintenance? We’ve got four ways you can resolve to upgrade your home maintenance in the new year.
Create a Maintenance Savings Account
Unexpected home maintenance issues can hit the pocketbook hard. If your HVAC system breaks down and a new one is needed, it can cost between $5,000 to $10,000 to replace it. The national average to replace a roof is $8,000. When you own a home, something is going to need fixing or replacing. And it often happens at the most inconvenient time or when the budget is already stretched thin.
Consider making a resolution this year to create a home maintenance savings account and set a desired monetary goal for that account. Make it easy and set it up as an auto-deposit each month or week. If it’s on auto-deposit, you don’t have to think about it and that account will soon grow. This type of account can help provide a cushion if a home maintenance emergency happens.
Plan and Budget for Maintenance Projects
Every home has regular maintenance chores. Some are monthly, semi-annually, or yearly. There also are certain projects that may only come up every few years, like replacing an old fence or resealing a driveway. If you can plan ahead for those projects, it’s easier to budget and not put additional strain on a bank account.
- Make a list of projects and when they need to be done
- Break the list into bigger projects, monthly projects, and ones that may only take a few hours
- Set aside funds into the designated maintenance account to cover the expense of these projects
Schedule Necessary Inspections
Inspections can help save you money in the long term. At least once a year, it’s important to have an HVAC specialist come out to inspect the unit and components. If certain issues are caught early, it may be a quick-and-easy (and less costly) fix. Homes with working fireplaces should be inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep. This can be a life-saving preventative measure and shouldn’t be skipped.
Other inspections include professionals to check your roof, water heater, and gutters.
Hire Help When You Need It
It’s more than okay to not do it all on your own. Maybe you don’t have the equipment needed to get the task done or maybe you simply don’t have the time to do it. Rely on your local specialists and professionals for jobs like HVAC service, house painting, pressure washing, gutter inspection/cleaning, and window cleaning. These are all projects/tasks that those funds in the maintenance savings account can help cover.
For your gutter and window cleaning, you can rely on the professional teams at United Window Cleaning. We have the right equipment and trained specialists who get the job done right the first time. Schedule an appointment today.