Crafty ways to tackle home maintenance projects

Financial management and indoor home maintenance.

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According to the Michigan State University Extension MI Money Health website, homeowners should set aside up to 3 percent of the value of their home for home maintenance each year. On a $100,000 home, it may seem like a lot to set aside $3,000 per year ($250 per month). So here is a crafty idea: plan ahead for expected expenses and set aside a portion of your income from each paycheck. By planning what you are going to do with your paychecks each month, you can spend your money with a purpose. In turn, you may feel in more control and therefore more free. So let’s take a look at some indoor maintenance that you may need to consider this year.

  • Spring is a great time to check for water damage to walls and ceilings especially as the snow begins to recede. Windows and doors should be checked for operation and screens should be readied for use.
  • Check all of your plumbing for leaks and clogs. Make a list of easy fixes and make appointments to have experts look over more complicated problems.
  • Change the filter on your furnace and air conditioner.  Make sure that your dehumidifier is in working order.
  • Thoroughly clean your kitchen appliances and check your cords, coils, and outlets for damage.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for proper operation and change the batteries.
  • Don’t forget the garage. Fill up fuel cans. Check for signs of rodents, bats, roaches and termites.
  • Don’t forget the attic. Check for water damage, rodents, and electrical problems.

These are just some of the indoor maintenance suggestions. You can jot down ideas from a good home improvement show, ask a trusted hardware expert, contact a home inspection specialist, or consult your local library for more home maintenance ideas. You can search for a checklist of ideas complete with the recommended times for inspection. The point is to plan ahead.

Making financial changes can take time and be difficult, but results can be rewarding. If you have other questions, or would like to ask an expert, Michigan State University Extension has access to many resources.

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