Reducing Maintenance in Your Home

Home Maintenance chores can be wearing and get more difficult as you age. If your time at home is limited, you may also prefer spending time with your family over painting the house or weeding the garden. Consider reducing the number of hours you spend maintaining your home by making certain home improvements. You may eventually sell your home, and these improvements may improve curb appeal.




Siding

Experts recommend painting your home every five to ten years, depending on your climate and paint quality. For wood siding, you may have to stain every three to seven years. Replacing your present siding with low-maintenance alternatives will save you lots of labor. Choices include everything from vinyl to fiber cement. Vinyl has the lowest cost, and usually, fiber cement or high-end woods are the highest priced. Vinyl can cost as little as $2 per square foot, and you would only need to spray clean the surface once a year. Other choices include aluminum, modified woods, and stone veneer. Look at the pros and cons of the materials at this DIY website.





Windows

Washing windows inside and out when you have standard windows means climbing ladders and contorting your body to manage all the surfaces. As often as you paint your house, you also need to paint window trim. Replacing old windows with modern, double-hung styles means you can easily clean windows inside and out while standing inside your home. Look at Lowes website to see how double-hung windows work. Even if you don't want to invest in double-hung styles, windows made from aluminum, vinyl, or fiberglass require less painting and save money on your energy bills.





Easy Gardens

If you love to garden and like getting dirty while you weed, that's great. If you would rather spend time doing other things but want your home to look good, consider low-effort garden ideas. In warm weather climates, consider rock gardens with cacti. At the very least, install weed damping sheeting and edging to garden beds and choose easy-care plants. Top gardens with stone or mulch to inhibit weeds and give your beds a finished look. Depending on the region and climate, perennial, hardy plants and evergreen shrubs can fill gardens with color without requiring hours of back-breaking work.





Gutter Guards

Cleaning out your gutters twice a year is difficult and messy. Climbing ladders to get to the gutters gets more dangerous as you age. Not cleaning your gutters causes damage to your siding and foundation. Adding one of the many tops or guards to your gutters so that nothing clogs them is relatively inexpensive and saves hours of time and effort.You can purchase covers at a DIY store or hire professionals. Costs run between $4 and $30 per foot, with the lower end involving installing them yourself and the higher end premiere materials like copper. The total cost depends on the size of your home, but you can add gutter guards to an average house that can be guarded for $1500 to $2000.


Improving your quality of life by reducing the time you spend maintaining your home may appeal to you. Some projects will add value to your home and enhance curb appeal when you are ready to sell. If you want to make one of these improvements but can’t finance it, consider a VA Cash-Out Loan. Some home improvements increase the value of your home.






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