Regular home maintenance and repair is key in keeping your household running smoothly.
You know what they say about that ounce of prevention.
If you ignore the advice and overlook home maintenance, the pound of cure can set you back hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
Sooner or later, a neglected roof will leak. A furnace overworked from clogged air filters will need an expensive overhaul.
And that leaky window will lead to dry rot in your house's framework and walls, necessitating a lot of expensive structural and esthetic repairs.
Prevention, in the form of maintenance tackled throughout the year, is the best way to keep these common household ills at bay.
When little things do go wrong - as they inevitably will - knowing how to take care of them quickly means you'll spend less of your valuable time waiting for a handyman to make an expensive appearance.
Get started now with the December Home Maintenance Checklist.
The first step in creating a low maintenance home - one you don't need to worry about when rains fall and winds blow - is to solve small home maintenance problems before they need big, expensive fixes.
To prepare your home for the big chill ahead, check these 5 systems and surfaces in your home.
After all, the heating system going on the brink won't bother you much now, but come November, you might think differently.
Check it, and your home's roof, gutters, and downspouts, to ensure the first of the winter rains and snow won't leave you with unpleasant surprises.
Fixing things yourself has two big advantages: You save time and you save money.
After all, who has the leisure - or the inclination - to wait all day for an expensive handyman to stop by?
Of course, you probably shouldn't attempt to rewire your house or retile your bathroom floor without training, but you can simplify your life by learning to do some of the essential repairs on your own.
What common problems will you be able to solve yourself?
Head these repairs off altogether by practicing preventive plumbing.