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Mistakes Homeowners Make With Home Maintenance

November 15th, 2016 by Darwilladmin

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 sell it in the next few years. But, many homeowners make some very expensive mistakes.
Here are four home maintenance mistakes you should avoid with your valuable investment.

Making Everything A DIY Project

There are some things you can do to maintain your home. Clearing your gutters and polishing wooden trims are easy starting points. But there are a lot of things that should only professionals should do. Many homeowners think they can save some money by doing all projects by themselves.
In the end, most will make projects bigger than they should be. It will cause more harm than they understand. Then you will need professional help. This is after already putting resources and time into the project. 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 replace or upgrade important items in the home, do not look for the cheapest option. This applies to electrical systems, bathtubs, or other appliances.
You should not use poor quality replacements for your appliances, HVAC, and areas of the home. Even if it is cheaper at first, with most of these, you get what you pay for. Something that lasts decades will need repairs or a replacement earlier than usual.

Hiring a General Contractor For Specialized Jobs

Employing a person with a verbal guarantee doesn’t let you to know about their 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, avoid the local “guy a friend knows” if they are not a professional. Hiring a local handyman that not certified can lead to damages, poor work, 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 make you spend more money in most cases. Putting off HVAC, plumbing, or electrical problems leads to more damages and problems. You will always end up in a more costly situation when you finally address the situation. You will also end up with important parts that have broken.
Those repairs could also change everything. This could lead to remodeling and having to spend a small fortune. All because you ignored a leak, strange noise, or broken part 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. Keep to that budget as much as possible. Have your systems serviced to prevent or catch issues before they become a large issue.
If your HVAC system needs servicing, contact Thornton Heating Services online. 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. We have been helping Chicagoland residents since 1959.