There are times that warrant spending money to prevent having to spend more money down the road. By properly maintaining your car and home, you can save money by not having something break or not run well.
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The more we maintain our vehicles, appliances, and home, the longer they will last. In addition, proper maintenance can help minimize problems later. Don’t ignore areas where things are not working right. It could end up costing more to make repairs later if they are not attended to as soon as possible.
Maintenance of Vehicle
There are various stages of maintenance that is recommended. The owner’s manual will let you know what the routine maintenance schedule should be.
If the check engine light turns on, it should be investigated immediately to prevent more damage.
Take care of your vehicle by cleaning the inside and outside. Keep an eye on the tires to see the condition of them.
These are a partial list of items (not in any particular order of importance) to be checked and/or changed. There are different schedules based on so many months and miles.
change oil and the oil filter
automatic transmission fluid and filter
power steering fluid
belts and hoses
windshield washer fluid
battery and cables
spark plugs and wires
Maintenance of Home
Change air conditioning filters routinely and your air conditioner will run better and decrease the energy needed to run. Have the coils cleaned at regular intervals (based upon the climate you live in – dusty climates require more frequent cleaning than cleaner air climates).
By caulking and having weather strips around doors and windows, it will decrease the amount of heating and cooling that escapes out of the house, which increases the utility bills. It can also prevent water damage by keeping it all sealed appropriately.
Clean the drains, it will prevent having to call out a plumber. This little tool is inexpensive and a great to pull out hair in the drains. It is especially needed in the bathroom sink and tub, so keep one at home.
If you have a tree that is dying, work with a licensed arborist to take it down. If left untended to, it can fall and damage things.
Gutters should not be clogged. If leaves build up and stay in them, it can damage the roof and some of the boards of the house.
Refrigerator coils should be cleaned regularly.
Check for leaks with toilets and sinks.
Have your air conditioner and heating system checked.
Some of these maintenance items can also save on some utility costs.
While we talk about saving money, there are maintenance items for your vehicle and home that you need to spend money on. By keeping up on the maintenance, it can save you money in the long run. Problems can arise and things could cost more to repair if not kept up, so schedule maintenance into your budget and your calendar.