More and more people are resolving themselves to staying in their homes and not selling and buying another home. Some are just trying to maintain and hold on through the crises but it is hard because things are starting to break and you may not have the money to hire a professional to come in and get everything fixed. Here are 6 cheap things you can do that just might save you money, time and your relationship in this difficult time.
#1 Do not skimp on the maintenance for your big and small items. It is much better to get your heating and air guy out to your house at $100.00 to go through and check everything out than to buy a new heating and air unit that can cost up to $6,000 and more!
#2 Go through your house with a small can of lubricant oil, a screwdriver and pliers to check doors, windows, locks and anything else you may have that may need tightening. Make sure they are secure and the squeaks get oiled, locks work, etc. What you cannot fix, make a list of for the near future.
#3 Take it outside. Do the same thing outside of your home that you just did inside. Check rails, gates, fences and anything else you have outside that could potentially need repairing. What you cannot fix easily, add to your list.
#4 Take your compiled list to the library or get on the internet and start doing the research for each one of the issues you have found that you either do not know how to fix or need to replace. Do not rule out that what you think needs replacing can actually be fixed. It is amazing what you can find out if you try.
#5 Get some free help for anything you do not understand. This is much easier than you might think. Many local hardware stores have specialists that work in the department of their specialty and they also have free or very inexpensive classes to teach you how to do some simple repairs to some of the more difficult installations. Take advantage of these resources as they are there for you!
#6 Do the work. I cannot tell you how many times my wife and I have gathered all of the information and all the tools and supplies for a project and it takes us forever (or company coming over) for us to get it done. It is much more satisfying to just get those pesky projects behind you and if you can get them done with little or no money; it just makes it all the sweeter.
R.E. Davis is on a
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