National No Housework Day is April 7. Before you jump at the chance to put the broom down and kick your feet up, keep in mind that neglecting routine home maintenance for an extended period of time can end up costing you later on.
Think back to the day you got the shiny new set of keys. You promised to protect your investment by keeping the place in tip-top shape.
Then the busyness of daily life starts to set in. Months or years pass, and the household chores and maintenance you neglected have turned into major repair bills.
Instead of waiting until a small maintenance issue turns into a serious and expensive fix, practice preventative home maintenance by following a few key tips. And when April 7 rolls around, you can take your day off from housework with a clear conscience.
Check for cracks in the tile and caulk.
Water can seep through tile and caulk cracks in kitchen and bathroom areas, leading to severe damage and mold buildup. Re-caulking is an easy, inexpensive do-it- yourself project that can end up saving you a lot of money. Consider purchasing a caulk gun and a few tools—it’ll save you a lot of money down the road. If ignored, you may have to replace rotten flooring, drywall and wall studs due to mold and water damage, which can be a huge hit to your bank account.
Don’t let leaks linger.
Leaky faucets literally equal money down the drain. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, even a slow leak at one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year in the United States. But there’s hope! Fixing faucets and showerheads at the first sign of a leak can save you up to 10% on your monthly water bill. Purchase a wrench, screwdriver and a few other tools so you can take care of it yourself before it becomes a full-blown problem. You’ll be glad you did.
Be pest preventative.
Make your home less enticing to unwelcome critters by disposing of trash, wiping up spills and not leaving food out that could attract bugs, rodents or other outdoor creatures. Since it’s much harder to get rid of pests after they arrive, make it a habit to have your home checked and sprayed for termites and other pests regularly before you have to deal with an infestation.
Everything in moderation.
Taking a break from housework every now and then is a healthy practice. However, not maintaining your home for extended periods of time could end up costing you both time and money down the road.
So go ahead, relax and enjoy this year’s National No Housework Day—just try not to celebrate for too long.