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DIY Home Maintenance to Save You Money

Windermere Mercer Island

Home maintenance is something every homeowner manages. Even is you usually hire these things out, you might consider trying some do-it-yourself methods to save some cash (especially if you just bought in Seattle’s crazy housing market!)

If you’re looking to save a little cash, here are some things you can do to ensure you’re staying on top of your home maintenance!

Your washer and dryer are two major appliances you can easily clean and maintain yourself – and they only take about 15 minutes to do both! Your washer is a little more complicated, but not by much. There should be a drain pump filter (otherwise known as the coin trap) somewhere near the bottom of your washer. Open that and let the water drain into a bowl and dispose. Then you’ll want to clear and debris and close it back up! Other than the drain pump, you’ll want to look at the connector hoses, rubber gaskets, and clean the soap dispenser. Once that’s all done, you can toss in 1-2 cups of bleach into the drum and run it on a “clean washer cycle” overnight!

Summer time is when repair places have their largest uptick in refrigerator repairs, but with these steps you can easily prolong the life of your refrigerator and resolve issues before they arise. Some of these things are easy, like vacuuming your refrigerator coils monthly (or weekly if you have long-haired pets!), keeping tabs on your temperatures, ensuring there’s enough open air in both your freezer and refrigerator for air to flow freely, and replacing your water filter when the device tells you to. Other things might include manually defrosting your freezer, cleaning and replacing the rubber seal/gasket, and cleaning the drip pan. Here’s a quick and easy guide for your go-to refrigerator maintenance.

Roof inspections might seem daunting, but they’re pretty routine once you get in the swing of things. The main things you’ll want to look for are any obvious signs of damage (especially if you had a recent storm or any fallen branches); areas with moss, algae, or an excessive accumulation of leaves; any curling, missing, aging, or damaged shingles; granulation loss; or a number of other things outlined in this easy how-to.

The summery season is the best season to inspect and proactively resolve and problems with your sump pump – and many homes in Seattle and the surroundings areas have them. It’s easy to check to see if it’s still working, but you’ll still going to want to call a plumber if it doesn’t turn on! Here’s an easy step-by-step for checking!

During the end of summer, many people hire a landscaping company to shut off their sprinkler system. Though it might be more complicated depending on your system, expansiveness, and integration, here are some easy and relatively quick steps for shutting off and winterizing your sprinkler system! (https://brightnest.com/todos/shut-off-your-sprinkler-system)

When in doubt, it’s always a good choice to hire a professional inspector, but if you’re able to, you could definitely rack up the savings by doing some maintenance yourself! What DIY maintenance things do you do around the home?


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