One of the most exciting, scary, and expensive purchases you’ll ever make in your life is the purchase of your home. After moving in, you’ll be tempted to lower your costs by cutting corners as much as possible. Though budgeting is a great idea, there are some things you shouldn’t go the cheap route on. In fact, the following costs will actually end up saving you money in the long run.
Proper Plumbing Maintenance
Anyone who’s ever had to deal with a pipe bursting will lecture you on the importance of fixing plumbing issues correctly. When it comes to a water issue of any sort, it is important to fix the problem as a whole, rather than just putting a Band-Aid on what looks like a small problem.
Water leads to rotting and mold. Aside from having to fix drywall, put up new sheetrock, and even repaint walls, you’ll have to make sure you safely rid the home of all mold. Mold is a serious health risk. If it isn’t handled correctly the first time, it will keep coming back, and your bank account will keep getting hit.
Energy-Efficient and Smart Appliances
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While you may not want to pay additional upfront fees for energy-efficient appliances, you’ll thank yourself later on. Energy-efficient appliances and appliances with smart technology end up cutting the expenses you’re paying each month. Certain energy-efficient appliances have programs where you’re even guaranteed to save a certain amount on utility bills. Laying out the extra money for the purchase may not feel great, but each month you’ll do a little jig when your utility bill is more manageable.
Bug and Pest Prevention Plans
While we all want to believe that bugs/pests will just go away after one spray of repellent, out of sight doesn’t mean gone. Even if certain bugs and pests are not be visible to you, they could still be ruining the structure of your home. For certain types of bugs, you should immediately seek out pest control in San Antonio:
- Bedbugs: Getting rid of bed bugs by yourself may seem next to impossible because they can breed and populate so ridiculously fast. By the time you get them out of your bedroom, they’re in your guestroom. If not handled properly right away, this could become a months-long problem that even follows you on your clothes everywhere you go.
- Termites: Termites look similar to ants but are far more destructive. Termites eat wood and can feast upon the wooden structural parts of your home. Just because you think you’re in the clear after they swarm doesn’t mean they’re not doing damage below the surface. The yearly fee to upgrade that termite bait trap may be $300 you don’t want to spend, but the cost of repairing structural elements in your home will be way more costly.
- Rodents: Mice and rats should be handled by a professional right away. Rodents of this sort may damage wires, plumbing, furniture, or pose a serious health risk to pets and residents. It’s better to nip this in the bud straight away.
The expression “you get what you pay for” will prove true every time when it comes to home projects. Do yourself a favor and pay extra to handle things the right way.