4 maintenance tasks that are cheaper in the winter

 

Summer is the perfect time for beach days and cookouts, and it's also the most popular season for home repairs. Many homeowners hire contractors and service professionals during the warmer months, and high demand means higher prices. If you know you're going to need work done on your house, take advantage of these four maintenance and repair tasks that are cheaper to complete in the winter.

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. AJC.com explained that contractors will 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 to have the attic insulated, call a service technician during the early spring.

"It's the ideal time for roof repairs because it's a slower time for roofing people," Michael Corbett, real estate expert for Truvia, told Fox Business News. "Wait until the warmer weather, and it's going to be harder to get someone and more expensive."

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.

 

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.