Spring is a great time to plan for fixing up and repairing your home. You may be planning some renovations or just a few “to do’s” to keep your home in good repair. Although houses can sometimes seem like “money pits”, with a little planning it is possible to get started on some of those “to do’s” and meet your budget. Whether you have $100 saved or $500, doing a few fix-ups can make a big difference. Here’s how to get started.
- Know your home
Do a “tour” of your house, inside and out. Assess what needs to be done, as well as what you would like to do, big and small.
Make a budget. Decide how much you can afford to spend this spring.
Now, list what has to be done this spring, what could wait until fall and what is a long-term plan according to your budget.
- Start saving
Put aside the money you’ll need so by the time you have to pay the bills, the money is already in your bank account. Even $20 a week will add up quickly!
- Think Green
There are many “green” products for your home. Energy efficient windows, doors, furnaces, air conditioners, toilets, taps etc. can save you a lot of money in energy costs and in government rebates. Going green is not just socially responsible, it will pay off in the future.
- Getting the right people for the right job
Decide what you can do yourself, what you can hire a student to do, and what needs a professional contractor.
- Avoiding Pit Falls
Get 2-3 quotes for those larger jobs. Don’t just consider the price but the cost for your return – be realistic. It is a good idea to get one or two references from the contractor and follow up on them.
- Looking for deals
Make a list of the supplies you need and look for sales! Many of the building outlets will price match their competitors and give you an even lower price.
- Roll up the sleeves
Start your projects!
The Spring House Check
What to check Outside:
❑ Eaves troughs that drip
❑ Broken steps
❑ Painting: Front door, fence, trim
❑ Loose shingles on roof
❑ Dead or dying trees or bushes
❑ Rusted door hardware or mail box
What to check Inside:
❑ Rooms to paint
❑ Cracked window panes
❑ Lights that don’t work
❑ Dripping faucets
❑ Appliances that aren’t working properly
❑ Air filters that need cleaning or replacing
❑ Carpets with stains