From Margaret Everton on July 09, 2010 in Tools and Tips
No, it may not be the most exciting way to spend a Saturday, but tackling minor home repairs will save you big time down the road. Here are the top 10 inexpensive home fixes that you might consider getting a head-start on this weekend…
#1 – Caulk it Up
It may not be the first thing homeowners notice when it comes to annual upkeep, but after a few years, caulking around sinks, countertops and bathtubs often comes loose. In order to avoid the buildup of moisture and extremely damaging mold, buy a cheap tube of kitchen and bath caulk and patch up those problem areas.
#2 – Buy a Programmable Thermostat
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature can be a guessing game… unless you have a programmable thermostat. Get one installed and you’ll make the money back tenfold in lower monthly energy bills.
#3 – Fix Pesky Leaks
Drop your water bill by repairing faucets or runny toilets when necessary—before they turn into a huge, expensive problem. Also, installing a faucet aerator can help reduce water flow from your faucet.
#4 – Insulate Wherever Possible
Not only does good insulation save you a bundle on energy costs, but the government is upping the ante with credits that allow you to deduct the expense from your taxes. So, make sure every area of your home is properly insulated, including attics, garages and basements.
#5 – Keep Filters Fresh and Clean
Replace air filters at least every three months. This keeps your home air quality high while also ensuring that your furnace runs smoothly—far into the future.
#6 – Install Light Dimmers
Harsh lighting can not only ruin a mood, but it also wreaks havoc on your energy bill. By installing dimmers, you can select the type of lighting you want while cutting back on your total usage.
#7 – Vacuum out Your Ducts
To keep your home free from dirt and grime and improve air quality, clean out your ducts. If the job is large, consider hiring a professional. For smaller jobs, take off your grates and clean ducts with your household vacuum.
#8 – Keep Carpets Clean
Don’t wait until your carpet is on its last leg before you consider cleaning it. Vacuum and steam-clean your carpets regularly to keep them looking great for years to come.
#9 – Wash Siding and Windows Regularly
Yes, it can be a big job, but somebody’s got to do it. Rinse off your home’s siding and windows with a hose, utilizing a window cleaner as needed. If your siding is extremely dirty, then grab a power hose and quickly wash away the dirt and grime. It’ll leave your exterior looking new.
#10 – Control Those Pests
Don’t allow bugs and rodents to destroy your foundation—or the value of your home. Routinely check the interior and exterior of your home to tackle problem spots before they escalate. Pesticides will work fine for small jobs. If you’re considering selling your home down the road, or if you simply want to keep up your home’s value, then it’s extremely important to maintain small repairs. You’ll feel so accomplished once you start, so go ahead. Get a move on.