Did you recently buy a new home? Once you are finally done moving in, the fun really starts. Any decisions to be made concerning this home are now yours, including how you are going to keep it maintained and in good repair. This is a big responsibility that may be difficult in the beginning. Problems will undoubtedly arise. Water pipes may break, sewer lines might clog or fixtures may wear out. You will need to figure out how you are going to take care of it all.
A savings account for home maintenance and repair costs will help you take care of things as they happen. Add to it every time you get paid so that when a problem arises, it won’t cause you financial strain. Every year certain systems in your home need servicing so be sure to plan that into your budget. Having savings set aside when you have to get new linoleum in the bathroom, replace your roof, or pay the plumber will help give you peace of mind.
Setting up a maintenance calendar for the year will make it easier. Jobs such as blowing out the sprinkler pipes or changing the filters on the heating and cooling system can easily slip your mind. However, if you go over your calendar at the first of each month and know what tasks are coming up, and what appointments you need to make, you can be sure that vital things aren’t left undone.
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