Let’s face it, home maintenance can get expensive and be extremely time consuming. From having to completely replace flooring to paying extremely high utility bills each month, being home owner can be a serious hassle.
However, with these six do it yourself home maintenance hacks you can save time and money, allowing you to actually enjoy the hard work you have poured into making your home one of the most appealing properties on the block.
While normal home maintenance can be very expensive, using these hacks can allow you to keep valuable parts of your home, including expensive utilities, flooring and windows, for a long period of time without having to replace them every few years.
1. Drain Your Hot Water Heater
First and foremost, be sure to drain your hot water heater several times each year. Throughout the year, your hot water heater is likely to build up sediment that can cause it to not be as effective. When this occurs, the extra work your hot water heater has to go through leads to an increase in the amount of money you have to spend each month on utility costs.
By draining your hot water heater, however, you can ensure it works effectively and efficiently, keeping costs each month as low as possible. While there are certainly people who you can pay to drain your hot water heater, it is a task that you can do yourself fairly easily.
In order to drain your hot water heater, you are going to start by turning off the power or gas it is attached to. After this, turn off the cold water supply to your hot water heater and open the pressure relief valve. Then simply attach the garden hose to a spigot, turn the hose on and flush out the sediment.
2. Clean Walls Regularly
Another great do it yourself hack that will save time and money is cleaning your walls regularly. While many homeowners don’t forget to clean the walls regularly, most do not think to clean off the walls as well, which leads to the need to repaint the walls or spend a large majority of time during spring cleaning washing off debris that has built up over the course of the past year.
The best way to clean the walls off is to use a broom, dust mop or vacuum – ensuring that it is dry – and dusting off or vacuuming up any debris that is on the walls, regardless if it is visible or not.
For best practice, clean your walls once a week. If well maintained, it should only take an hour or so to do, and it can keep your house looking good, smelling great and the best part, you won’t have to spend money and time cleaning off and repainting dirty, stained walls.
3. Install Replacement Windows
Another great way to make your house look amazing while at the same time saving time and money is to find replacement windows, which help in multiple ways. One way that new replacement windows can help save you money is by keeping the energy bill down. With new windows that close tight, you don’t have to worry about unwanted outside air entering the house and triggering the HVAC system.
While installing replacement windows may require an upfront cost, it is likely to save you money in the long run due to the lowered utility payments. Additionally, your house is likely to look much better than before, especially when choosing windows that allow for natural light to shine through.
Replacement windows are almost always worth the initial cost, and it can help you save money while taking your home to that very next level aesthetically.
4. Caulk and Weatherstrip Doors and Windows
In order to really lower the utility cost each month, try caulking and weatherstripping the doors and windows, which keeps unwanted air out and allows for less of a need of heating and air. When combined with draining the hot water heater and installing replacement windows, you can definitely lower your payment on utilities significantly each month.
While caulking and weatherstripping may seem like a complicated process, there are various caulk and weatherstip kits available online and in stores that can walk you through a step by step process of exactly how to do so.
In the event you simply do not want to go through the hassle of caulking and weatherstripping all of the doors and windows of your home, you can always hire someone to do it, which is almost always an investment you will see a return on long term.
5. Repair Dents in Wood with a Hot Iron
Although it is admittedly a rather unusual task to perform, you can repair dents in wood with a hot iron, which can ultimately lengthen the lifespan of your wood floors and wooden furniture items.
While it seems like a complicated process, it is actually quite simple. If you have furniture that is dented – or perhaps more importantly wood flooring with dents – simply heat and massage the area with a hot iron, which, in most instances, at least improves the size of the dent. In many instances, the dent is all but eliminated completely.
Wood is expensive, and it is meant to look really good in homes. Be sure to take care of it and do all you can to get the most out of your wood floors and furniture, including repairing the dents with a hot iron.
6. Open Up The Windows in The Spring
Last but not least, be sure to open up the windows in the spring. The cold winter months usually lead to the windows having to stay shut at all times, leading to a buildup of moisture and cold air in the flooring.
By opening up the windows, you can expose the home to UV light, which can draw out moisture build up in the home and create an amazing feeling and natural scent throughout the home.
With these simple tips, you can save on the costs of keeping a home. If you have any tips or advice for simple DIY home hacks, share them in the section below.
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