easy home maintenance
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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 April Home Maintenance Checklist.

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Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.

The best plan is to break annual and seasonal tasks down by month and attack them on a scheduled basis.

Nothing gets too backed up and things eventually get done.

All without a major life overhaul.

Here's the April cleaning checklist that has worked best for me.

when things go wrong.

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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?

Clearing a backed up toilet is perhaps the most urgent repair, followed by a backed up sink in the bathroom or kitchen, patching small holes in drywall or plaster, and recaulking a bathtub.

Head these repairs off altogether by practicing preventive plumbing.

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