Home maintenance is like housework, flossing and exercise: Work it into your routine, because the penalties are worse than the jobs themselves.
For example, cleaning the gutters costs nothing if you do it yourself, and roughly $100 to $200 if you hire a service.
Ignore the job, though, and you may face expensive repairs thanks to:
- Leaky or overflowing gutters that rot fascia boards (the roof edge under the gutters), soffits and rafters.
- Water that drips onto window trim, rotting it.
- Leaky gutters that let water pool at the foundation, causing basement leaks, mold and even foundation damage.
Fortunately, summer gives you a chance to repair damage, protect your home and keep its face to the world — and to you — looking bright.
Below you will find some cheap and easy home projects that make your home feel new — and potentially save you a bundle in repair costs down the road.