How to cut costs: Save for specific expenses
For certain elements and items of a home, such as HVAC, hot water heaters, and roofs, maintenance or repair works are usually performed at regular intervals, several years apart. When you know that in the next years you will need to have some repairs done, which will most likely make you shell out a considerable amount of money, it might be wiser to save as much as possible for such specific repairs and avoid being blindsided when you least expect it.
How to cut costs: Fix problems when they’re still minor
Spending small amounts of money on temporary solutions in order to save money will eventually cost you more. Sure, you can still be frugal and financially conscious but not when it jeopardizes your home in the long term, and consequently, your budget.
Therefore, instead of nickel and dimming your old home, fix whatever it is that needs fixing before it becomes a major and more expensive problem. Check your home for cracks in walls, in tiles, and call a reliable professional to make regular evaluations of your home’s various systems so that you can anticipate potential problems and nip them in the bud.