Skip These 7 Home Maintenance Projects

How many home maintenance projects have you started since the lockdowns? According to experts, there are many tasks that are actually unnecessary or damaging to your home, not to mention expensive for your wallet. Below are 10 projects that are a total waste of time and money.

1. Repainting walls
Not only is this expensive, repainting walls is also a tedious process. All you need to do is clean them properly. And yes, this involves vacuuming and washing them. They hold a lot of dust and cleaning them every three months will make them look new again.

2. Washing curtains
Washing your curtains every month may make you feel like a responsible adult, but it is actually unnecessary. Just dust and deodorize them regularly and you are done with minimal effort.

3. Installing a new roof
Of course, there are times when you need a new roof. Other times, simply replacing the damaged parts is enough. This will save you plenty of time, energy, and money.

4. Regrouting tile
Unless the grout is crumbling, think twice about regrouting. It is such a large project. Start by cleaning your tiles, then look into grout colorants.

5. Polishing wood floors
Believe it or not, too much polishing will damage your wood floors. It does not take kindly to cleaning chemicals so use them sparingly. Furniture should be polished only every six weeks to help keep the veneer. Hardwood floors should be vacuumed once a week and polished every three years.

6. Power washing
Excessive power washing can be abrasive. It can remove paint and wood fibers. Try a gentler approach first. If your wood fence is dirty, use a garden hose with standard water pressure to minimize damage to the siding and fences. If it does not work, then consider power washing.

7. Weeding
Prioritize the right things in your garden and you will only have to weed in spring, or once a month in the summer. Invest in a good fertilizer and establish the right watering habit. You will have fewer weeds and have more free time!

Ian Schindler