Avoid costly repairs with proactive maintenance.
Home sweet home might just become a little less so if costly repairs crop up — and for most homeowners, they will. The best ways to avoid these costly repairs is with proactive maintenance. Unfortunately, less than 40% of homeowners regularly maintain their home to the extent that it should be maintained, according to a new survey.
It’s important for homeowners to proactively take care of problems that may stem from a home’s maintenance systems, and this doesn’t mean taking matters into your own hands. A weekend DIYer doesn’t have the knowledge to adequately fix any major systems in their home, and often can end up making matters worse. Additionally, homeowners should make sure their insurance policies and home improvement budgets are in tip top shape.
People seem to forget that your home is an investment, and in order to get the most out of it, you have to keep it in great condition. Rather than ignoring that leaking faucet, call a plumber immediately. The cost for a minor repair is much less then when you wait for a larger, more destructive problem. Getting things like your air conditioner, water heater, and roof checked regularly is much cheaper than a more extensive fix down the road once things have broken (which will inevitably be when you are expecting a house full of guests, or your in-laws – this is a unequivocal truth: when your in-laws or parents are coming in town, something in your house will break).