"An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure"
— Benjamin Franklin
Franklin said it over 200 years ago, but it's never been more true — or valuable — for today's homeowner. With the increasing costs of utilities and home repairs, doing a little preventative maintenance will preserve your home, increase its value and save you money in repairs and energy costs.
Simple things such as replacing air filters, adding a programmable thermostat and insulating your water heater are easy fixes that will save you money. Filling cracked concrete, installing gutter covers and re-caulking a tub or shower will increase the value of your home. Step-by-step instructions for these and other inexpensive projects are right inside. Money-saving projects inside: Check & Replace Air Filters Weather-seal Windows & Doors Stop Drafts Around Light Switches Install a Programmable Thermostat Wrap a Water Heater Replace a Damaged Shingle Attach Gutters Seal Chimney Flashing Install Gutter Covers Secure Downspouts Check Ductwork for Leaks Fix Hot & Cold Spots Insulate Water Pipes Re-caulk a Tub Install a Motion Sensor Light Switch Insulate Basement & Garage Walls Fill Cracks in Concrete Repair Mortar Joints Fix a Squeaky Floor Install a Faucet Cut-off Repair a Window Screen Fix a Sticking Door