The Homeowner’s Guide to Money-Saving DIY Home Maintenance

*Please note that Dough Roller has no affiliation with the videos included in this 12-part series. We’ve simply selected what we think are the best videos available on YouTube for each of the home maintenance topics discussed below.

There’s no doubt about it, being a homeowner is a big job.

If you’ve rented in the past, you probably didn’t realize how much maintenance you weren’t doing on your home. I know that at our previous apartment complex, the maintenance crew took care of the yard work, regularly cleaned the gutters, pressure-washed the buildings, turned our outdoor faucets on and off with the season, replaced A/C filters, tuned up our HVAC system and more.

That’s a lot of work that you are stuck with as a homeowner. And chances are you can’t afford, or don’t want to mess with, outsourcing every home maintenance task you need to accomplish.

Luckily, many basic home maintenance tasks don’t cost much or take too much time. And if you stay on top of tasks like these, you’ll save money.

In fact, regular maintenance could save you a lot of money over the life of your home.

According to Get Rich Slowly’s JD Roth, every $1 spent on home maintenance could help you avoid up to $100 of repairs. JD’s home inspector says that in many cases, hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of home damage could have been avoided by a few minutes and $10 on the part of the homeowner.

So if you’re ready to start saving money this weekend, pick one or more of these DIY home maintenance tasks and get to it.

Save Energy to Save Money

I’m sure you know that saving energy is one of the best ways to save money over the life of your home. The first step to saving money by saving energy is to go through an energy audit.

A home energy audit helps you figure out where you’re losing the most energy, so you can tackle high-priority problems first.

Many local utility companies offer a free or cheap home energy auditing service, so check that option first. If you can’t get a free audit, try the Residential Energy Services Network for information on how to find a certified home energy auditor near you.

Another option is to do the home energy audit yourself. The U.S. Department of Energy offers helpful information on DIY home energy audits and is a good place to begin. Energy.gov also has a great infographic on home energy audits, which includes information on how much you might save by having your home audited or doing an audit yourself.

Finally, watch the video below to get a feel for how an energy audit works and what an auditor might look for:

Once you’ve completed your audit, continue with some of these money-saving maintenance tips.

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Published or Updated: October 24, 2013
About Abby Hayes

Abby is a freelance copywriter and blogger who writes on everything from personal finance to health and wellness. She spends her spare time bargain hunting and meal planning for her family of three.

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  1. HomeSpot HQ says:

    A good web app to keep track of home maintenance is HomeSpot HQ.

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