Wondering how to save money on home maintenance? Some kinds of costs are inevitable, but you can minimize them and save money by following these tips.
Buy Materials in Bulk
It’s almost always less expensive per unit to buy in bulk versus in small increments. For example, you’ll save money if you buy 6 air filters instead of just 1.
While it doesn’t always make sense to buy large quantities, sometimes it does. Here are a few things where you should at least consider buying in bulk instead of smaller quantities:
- Landscaping materials (i.e. mulch, rocks, bricks, etc.)
- Air filters (especially if you buy high quality ones and replace them often)
- Wall paint (most projects need several gallons)
- Insulation for your attic or basement
Keep Your Materials and Tools Organized
We’ve all done it. You go out to the garage looking for a tool and just can’t find it. You take a trip to the store to get a new one, figuring maybe you lost the old one somewhere. A few days later you’re cleaning up the garage and find that tool you’d been looking for.
This scenario happens to everyone and unfortunately leads to money and time wasted. Keep your tools organized so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
That goes for hardware as well. Nails, screws, drywall anchors, etc. We tend to have these left over from old projects, so keep them around in an organized manner so you can use them again later.
Prevent Problems Before They Happen
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote almost seems like it was meant for home maintenance.
One way to save money on home maintenance is to deal with issues while they’re still small. Do you know there’s a leak in the roof? Fix it ASAP before a ton of rain gets in your attic causing mold.
Got a leaky toilet in the upstairs bathroom? Fix it now, otherwise it might cause a lot of water damage to the rest of the home.
Is there an erosion issue on the side of your house? Don’t let the ground keep eroding, determine a solution such as a dry creek bed or French drain.
Get At Least 3 Quotes from Contractors
When you hire someone, don’t just go with the first person you hear from. Even if you’ve hired someone in the past, it’s a good idea to get multiple quotes.
You don’t necessarily want to go with the cheapest one. Sometimes the cheapest is a low cost for a reason! But you will probably get several quotes in the same ballpark, and you can go with the cheapest one assuming they seemed knowledgeable.
Ask for a Discount
You don’t necessarily need to pay the first number a contractor throws at you. There’s a good chance he’s quoting a bit high, wondering if you’ll negotiate. If you don’t, great for him. If you do, he has wiggle room to still make how much he really wants.