Home Repairs

4 Ways to Minimize the Cost of Repairs Around Your Home

Unexpected repairs around the home can suck a lot of money out of your bank account. If you’re like most people, you don’t have enough money sitting around to replace expensive items immediately. You can, however, follow a few tips that will help you minimize the cost of repairs. Perform Regular Maintenance to Extend Appliances’ Lifespans Your home appliances need regular maintenance to keep them in top condition for as long as possible. Some maintenance projects don’t require much effort. For instance, you can extend your refrigerator’s lifespan by cleaning the condenser coils every three months. You just need to use your vacuum cleaner to suck away pet hair, lint, and other debris that can get stuck on the coils. You can perform simple maintenance projects in a single afternoon, in...

How To Avoid a Home Repair Scam

It’s a scenario that a lot of people are familiar with: you’re relaxing at home when there’s a knock on your door. It’s a contractor who informs you that he’s got some materials left over from a nearby job and so he offers to do a similar repair for you at a discount rate. Often the result is a shoddy or completely unnecessary job, or in a worst case scenario—no work is ever completed and you’ve paid someone (possibly hundreds of dollars) to do nothing. This kind of situation is more common than you think. The lack of a paper trail in the home repair world, as well as the dependence on word-of-mouth, means that scams can happen all too easily in the home repair world. There are still things you can do to help protect yourself from doing business with a bad repairman or contractor. It’s als...

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