How We Save Money on Home Improvement Projects
We always look for ways to save money in all areas of our life and home improvement projects are no exception. We have found this to be an easy area to save money in by just following a few simple steps.
Learn How to Do It Ourselves
Whenever anything breaks or we want to fix up something on our home the first question we always ask ourselves is “can we fix it ourselves.” With so many how-to videos now available on the internet, finding one for the specific problem that we face is often easy to do. When we first moved into our house, we had to fix problems with some of the toilets. Because I had learned how to fix toilet problems in my previous house, I was able to easily and quickly fix the toilets in our new house. We ended up saving over $200 on the services of a professional handyman for these two repairs simply because we learned how fix the problem ourselves.
We always shop around when it comes to costs for home improvement projects. This goes for both products that we buy and when we do need the services of a professional. The cost of almost identical products at local home improvement stores can vary dramatically. We saved over $100 on the blinds we needed for our home simply because we checked prices at two different stores. We also saved money when we had to hire a handyman to look at electrical problems in our home because we compared the prices per hour of the different ones available.
We have learned that doing regular preventative maintenance on our home helps save us money in the long run. Blowing out our sprinklers in the fall before the cold weather sets in has saved us money in sprinkler repair costs. We suspect that the break we had in our sprinkler pipe was due to not blowing out the sprinklers the previous fall. We also regularly replace our furnace filter, especially in the winter, so that it is more efficient by using less electricity and gas when it does run. We always shut off exterior faucets and drain the water from them and any hoses that were connected to them in the fall. I had to pay to get an exterior faucet replaced because I failed to do this one year. It cost me over $300 to get this part replaced and it could have been avoided entirely if I had simply shut off the water to that faucet.