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Financial Friday: Maintaining your home

Hi friends,

It’s been said before that your home – whether it’s a condo, a townhouse, or a detached house, is your biggest investment.  Unfortunately, over time, different things need replacing or special cleaning or upgrading.

Plan a little walk through with a friend, or your spouse, it’s a good idea to have an extra set of eyes.  Take a notepad or a tablet and start at the front, work your way from room to room, and make a quick list of the items that need maintenance and how to do it.  If you don’t know how to, I would look it up online, consult with friends, or a professional, depending on what it is.  Then, rank your priorities and figure out how much each item will cost to complete.  Then set deadlines with dates for each action item.  Take on three at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself, but do commit to action.

Often, you can find a simple solution for something that seems huge.  Recently, our gas fireplace wasn’t lighting, I had a free gas appliance check performed, and the Atco guy told me that all that needed to be replaced was the wall switch.  The wall switch was under $10 and it only took Mike 5 minutes to swap them out.  Now, my gas fireplace lights every time!  Yay for maintenance!  🙂
Amy

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