John and Beth are here to share with you their tips and suggestions, as well as interviews with industry experts, with the goal of helping you become a smarter homeowner. Once we buy a home, we now ask ourselves the question… Now what? Today’s episode focuses on the value of maintaining your home, including home maintenance and all the different things that we as homeowners need to do to maintain our home. Tune in for advice on everything from preventative maintenance to standard maintenance, what we can save, and how to improve the value of your home!
IN THIS EPISODE:
● [02:00] Standard care of the house. ● [05:00] Health and safety, including smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. ● [10:00] Maintenance and the value of your home. ● [13:00] Increasing your replacement costs if you neglect small 30 minute tasks. ● [17:00] How to be reminded of tasks which need completing. ● [22:00] Should you be doing these tasks yourself or hire a contractor? ● [29:00] Start with the basics to figure out the typical maintenance things you need to do from a preventative standpoint.
● Keeping track of home maintenance will add value and save time. ● The difference between doing the tasks yourself or hiring a contractor. ● How to keep track of home tasks which need completing.
Every house owner needs to dedicate time to house maintenance. It’s crucial for keeping your home in a good shape and for living happily and safely. Your home will last longer and it will also look better.
House maintenance changes by season, so you won’t do certain things when it’s hot outside but you will do them once it gets colder. In this article, we will talk about 9 house maintenance tips for cold weather particularly.
One evening, just as you are about to sit down, you hear a funny noise coming from the ceiling fan. When you look up, you notice the blades slow down until the entire unit shakes and vibrates, then stops.
Over the phone, the repairman advises, “Buying a new one may be cheaper.”.
The furnace has been inspected and serviced, and you lower the thermostat when you are away from home, but your heating bill is still taking a big bite out of your budget.
Despite it being frustrating to see such small returns, saving money on your heating bill doesn’t have to be difficult.
Consider adding these small things to what you are doing now and see how much you can save this winter:
1. Dress warm
As much as 5% can be saved on your heating costs for every degree that you lower your thermostat (in the 60 to 70 degree range).
While you are away from home or sleeping, set your thermostat as low as 55 degrees to reduce your heating bill – by up to 20 percent! If you have a heat pump, this won’t work as it requires warmer temperatures to run)
Few things are as frustrating as having a major home appliance suddenly stop working.
Whether it’s a malfunctioning HVAC system in the middle of July or a broken dishwasher after Thanksgiving dinner, a failed home appliance can mean a lot of hassle, not to mention the cost to replace them!
Fortunately, you can recognize a few signs of issues and prepare for what could be a costly repair or, at worst, a replacement.