Earlier this week I appeared on dozens of TV and radio stations nationwide, on behalf of HomeAdvisor, for whom I am the finance expert. I was sharing money saving tips for around the home, for fall as we get ready for winter.
In case you don’t know, HomeAdvisor is the free contractor referral service that I’ve been using for years to find reliable people to help me with affordable home improvement projects. I first used Home Advisor nearly 10 years ago when the ridge vent blew off my roof, and I needed an emergency fix before a storm rolled in that night. Since then I’ve used HomeAdvisor to find people to install a generator after Superstorm Sandy, refinish our hardwood floors, and service of furnace.
Speaking of furnace, getting your furnace serviced and cleaned is one of the four money-saving tips that I shared during my media appearances. The idea being that if you spend a couple hundred dollars each year maintaining your furnace, you can avoid a costly headache down the road.
We timed this media tour for late September because October seems to be prime time for homeowners to tackle that proverbial “honey do list.” With four weekends in October, HomeAdvisor and I came up with four household fall maintenance tasks that you should do before winter and which you can complete in a weekend–or hire someone to do for you. The weekend idea being if you do one task per October weekend, by the end of the month, you will have checked everything off the honey-do list!
Here are the four money saving tips and honey do list tasks I provided during my interviews:
- Winterize the sprinklers: Remove all the water from the lines, pipes, fittings, valves, sprinklers and pumps. If water is left in the system, it will freeze and expand, and break either all or part of the materials.
- Clean the gutters: During the year, debris such as twigs and leaves fall in and clog the gutters. Cleaning them once a year prevents water from overflowing and causing water damage, roof damage and flooding.
- Service the furnace: Completing an annual inspection on the furnace can save a homeowner money on heating costs and prevents the need for repair or replacement.
- Install weather stripping: Weather stripping the doors and windows can save a homeowner money on energy costs and can prevent damage to the home’s foundation.
If you’d like to see me in action, check out this segment from KARE 11 in Minneapolis!