Outsource where you need to
Even the thriftiest of DIY masters can’t do everything on their own so figure out what you might need to defer to the professionals. Services like lawn mowing, cleaning, gardening, small patch-ups are all things you can do yourself. But when it comes to painting, fixing cracks, pest control, paving and concreting driveways and water damage you may need the expert touch to save money in the long run.
Update your tool-kit
Once you have decided what you’re going to DIY, make sure you have the adequate equipment to do so. Time is money, so if your lawn-mower is conking out every 2 minutes or your hose is leaky; invest in quality tools to save both time and money in the long run. With a little TLC these investments can last you decades. If it is a job you do annually or even bi-annually consider renting equipment or going halves with your neighbor to save cash.
A stitch in time
Don’t delay repairs. If something is broken; fix it immediately! A little bit of damp can soon cause you a whole restoration, and what started as a tiny white-ant problem could end up as a major infestation. Have daily, weekly and monthly tasks and be scheduled. Not only will it save you cash in repairs and maintenance,but it could also eventually add to the value of your home if you ever decide to sell.
Prepare, prepare, prepare
Plan for winter problems in summer and vice versa. Waterproof, fix leaky roofs and properly insulate before the rainy months. Leave out pest preventatives and prepare water conservation plan for your garden before the warmer season. Clean leaves and debris from gutters and air conditioner condensers regularly. Vacuum clothes dryer exhaust ducts and the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance as well. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. Use a product like Draino in your kitchen/bathroom drains every so often to get read of nasty blockages due to debris and hair build up.
Let them be
Look for plants that will maintain themselves. Natives are often the most hardy as they are accustomed to the local climate and conditions. Search for drought-resistant grass and shrubbery. Consider automatic or timed irrigation systems to control and budget water usage. Don’t buy flowers unless you have the time and money to maintain them. Save costs on air-conditioning by growing shady trees near windows.