When the goal is to save, it's hard to take from that nest egg for things that don't seem that important. However, maintaining your home now prevents big repair bills later.
Here are three services you can use to save you hundreds if not thousands in the long run.
Spending $30 to $50 on a new air filter isn't luxurious spending. If your HVAC unit isn't being properly serviced, and air filters aren't being changed, you can really rack up the bills in medical costs due to inflamed allergies from pollens and dust in the air, fevers, muscle aches, nausea, and even bronchitis caused by circulating mold spores.
On top of medical costs, an unmaintained HVAC system can lead to higher energy bills. If your HVAC unit is straining to work with dirty or broken parts, it's going to use more energy. An HVAC setup doesn't last forever, but when you are on top of its repairs, you will have a better idea of when it's going to need to be replaced, which shouldn't be for at least 10 to 15 years when properly looked after.
Paying someone else to mow your lawn probably just sounds lazy to the person pinching pennies, but hiring a good landscaping service does have potential to save you money. Not only will this save you time, but having someone who knows the ins and outs of your lawn will stop you from making poor decisions when trying to maintain it yourself, even when buying and fixing your own equipment.
Hiring a landscaper instantly takes the pressure off yourself to have that perfect, low-cost lawn mower, weed wacker, and all the other necessary tools of the trade. Landscapers can also identify the start of problems with your lawn before they're gigantic, like infected trees, and can start a plan of action right away. There's no hiring someone to assess a situation once it's already so far gone and expensive to fix.
When that check engine light lights up, the money savvy wonder how long they can go before it's a real issue. They tell themselves that mechanics are going to give them the most expensive news because you can't tell if they're scamming you or not. But, that light doesn't pop up for no reason, and there are routine check ups for your car if you want it to run at its best.
If problems are left to get worse, they will get more expensive, and that is not a scam. Find a trusted mechanic that will tell you what issues need to be taken care of now, and make a plan of action to schedule these repairs when you receive paychecks.
You are in charge of your life. What you choose to take care of or ignore is going to either minimize or exacerbate emergencies in the future, but keep in mind that emergencies are expensive. Take the time and the money and do things right the first time around.