4 maintenance tasks that are cheaper in the winter
Many homeowners hire contractors and service professionals during the warmer months. This high demand means higher prices. If you know you're going to need work done on your house, try completing these four maintenance and repair tasks during the winter to save on costs.
1. Air conditioning tune-ups
You'll be hard pressed to get a HVAC repairman on the phone during the summer. To avoid a game of telephone tag and inflated prices, test your air conditioner during the late winter months. Contractors will likely be more willing to negotiate on price during their slow season. Plus, the job will likely get done quicker.
2. Window replacement
You can save money by upgrading your windows before the warm weather arrives. It might seem counterintuitive to have a contractor take out windows during the winter, but as long as he has replacements ready to go, you won't be inconvenienced. Take advantage of the off season for these workers and you'll have fresh new windows to enjoy all summer.
3. Roof repairs
The same logic holds true for roofers. If you need new shingles or need to have the attic insulated, call a service technician during the early spring. As the weather warms up, the prices are also likely to rise.
4. Gutter cleanings
Experts recommend that you clean out your gutters two times each year. Chances are that you completed this chore in the fall, so it's best to do it again in the early spring. Once the snow has melted off your roof, take time to clean out your gutters and examine any downspouts. If you spot any areas that need repairs, put in a service request as soon as possible to get a low price and ensure your home is ready for spring showers.
You should also take the time to purchase a TotalProtect® Home Warranty this winter if you haven't done so already! This service is a great way to protect your home and ensure costly repairs on appliances and systems don't put a strain on your budget.
Do these simple tasks regularly and you’ll improve your refrigerator’s energy efficiency — and increase its lifespan. It’s a good idea to also check your fridge’s owner’s manual to see what other maintenance tasks the manufacturer recommends. Refrigerator maintenance is easy. You don’t need to be an appliance repairman to do it, and doing it means you might not ever have to call on one.
The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.