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Mistakes Homeowners Make With Home Maintenance

November 15th, 2016 by

Buying a home is a huge investment, no matter the size or type. This is part of why home maintenance and upkeep is important to most. You want to protect and enjoy your investment, and potential sell it next few years. However, the majority homeowners make some very expensive mistakes.

Here are four of the home maintenance mistakes that you should try to avoid with your valuable investment.

Making Everything A DIY Project

There are certainly some things that can be done by when maintaining your home, like clearing your gutters and polishing wooden trims. But there are a lot of things that should be done only by true professionals. Regretfully there are many homeowners who think that they might save a chunk of money by doing serious projects by themselves.

In the end most will simply make projects bigger than they should be or will cause more harm than they understand. Then you will have to get professional help after having already put resources and time into the desired job. Avoid the Google search bar and an “I can do this” attitude, call on trained professionals before considering any major project.

Going Cheap When You Shouldn’t

There are some long term investments in your home as well. If you are replacing or upgrading substantial items in the home such as electrical systems, bathtubs, or appliances, it is very important that you do not simply look for the cheapest option.

Appliances, HVAC components, and key internal parts of the home should not be swapped for  poor quality replacements because it is convenient or cheaper at the moment. With most of these you will truly get what you pay for and something that should last years or even decades often needs serious repairs or to be replaced again far sooner than desired.

Hiring a General Contractor For Specialized Jobs

The difficulty with employing a person with a verbal guarantee is that there can’t be any way to know about his or her track record and true areas of expertise. They may tell you that they are a plumber or electrician, but how would you know for sure?

When your home needs repairs or help, it is wise to often avoid the local “guy a friend knows” if they are not a professional in the area you need help in. Hiring a local handyman or general contractor that claims to know a lot about a lot but is not certified can lead to possible damages, poor work done on your home, and money lost. And then you will still need to find a professional to fix the problem.

Putting Off Repairs To Save Money

Letting something worsen will do the opposite of save you money in most cases. Putting off growing HVAC, plumbing, or electrical problems often leads to more damages and problems. You will always end up in a relatively more costly situation when you have finally decided to address the situation, or you will end up with serious components broken.

Those repairs could also result in changing everything, which could lead to remodeling needs and a small fortune being spent. Because a leak, strange noise, or broken part was ignored to save a little more money for a couple of weeks or months. While it can be hard, set up a budget and a schedule for maintaining your home and keep that budget as much as possible to remind yourself that having systems serviced often prevents or catches problems before they become a huge ordeal.

If your HVAC system needs servicing, or if you are thinking of taking on a big project by yourself, contact Thornton Heating Services online or call 847-905-1608. We always have great money-saving specials going on, so check them out! From heating and cooling to air quality and beyond, Thornton Heating Services does it all and has been helping Chicagoland residents since 1959.