Home maintenance can be done yourself, which can help you save money. You can save up to half of the project’s cost by removing the pros. Below is a list of five DIY projects that have high savings potential. We also estimate how much you can save by getting creative and taking on the project yourself.
- Clean your gutters, downspouts
- The average cost of hiring pros: is $65-335. Gutter cleaning should be done at least once per year. Make sure your gutters are clean to prevent any damage to your home. Clogged gutters prevent water from flowing properly, which can cause it to pool around your home. Flooding, mould, and rot can all result from this pooling. If you have a suitable-sized ladder, you can hire a professional or set up a ladder to clean your drain pipes yourself every few months. It’s worth investing in a ladder if you don’t already have one. Paint your walls
- The average cost of hiring pros: Average-sized rooms are approximately $380-790. You can find step-by-step instructions for house painting on the internet. If you take care of your brushes and rollers, they will last you a lifetime. Water leaks can be fixed by finding and fixing them.
- The average cost of hiring pros: $176-485 for a plumber; $75-718 for a roof inspector; $715-2,500 for roof repair. Water leaks can be fixed quickly if caught early. However, they can cause mould, mildew and other problems if left untreated. It would be best to inspect all toilets and under-sink cabinets for leaks or continuous running. Whether it is caused by weather, neglect or age, leakage in your roof can cause long-term and expensive damage to your home. You should inspect your roof at least once per year and after major weather events. Early detection of damage and leaks can help you save $6,500 on a roof replacement. Clean filters and vents
- The average cost of hiring pros: is $263-472. A buildup of lint on the dryer’s screen can lead to a fire. You could have an AC unit that is not maintained properly. It is worth spending the time to inspect your AC unit and replace it regularly. A new filter can cost between $10-25, and a new conditioner can cost $10,000.Attic Insulation Installation
The average cost of hiring pros: You can complete a weekend project such as installing new insulation in your attic or updating an under-insulated existing space. You can save up to 50% on your energy bills each year by installing insulation yourself. In addition to the savings, you will enjoy more comfortable indoor temperatures all year. HomeAdvisor.com estimates that a typical insulation project will require 535 square feet. This averages between $145 and $200. All projects are to be undertaken at your own risk and only done if you feel confident in your ability to complete them. If you are up to the challenge, DIY can save you money and give you the satisfaction of improving your home.