The irony is that while lockdown was a good time to get some much-needed home maintenance done, financial uncertainty prevented people tackling their to-do lists.
Shawn Hogan, a carpenter and project manager with nearly 30 years’ experience says although money may be tight, ignoring small but essential home maintenance tasks can lead to much bigger expenses later. “It’s important to distinguish between maintenance and improvements,” he says. “By regularly maintaining woodwork, roofs, gutters and paintwork you can avoid bigger, more expensive problems later, such as rotten wooden doors and windows needing replaced or ceilings collapsing because of a leaking roof. Improvements, such as adding an office or renovating a kitchen or bathroom can wait until you’re able to afford these.”
DirectAxis’ five expert tips for staying on top of home maintenance without breaking the budget are:
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