SWDesertHomes in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Vail & More!: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine" 6 Ways to Save In the Long Run

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine" 6 Ways to Save In the Long Run

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine" 6 Ways to Save In the Long Run

My mother used to tell me that growing up, and yes, I learned to mend my clothing. If I didn't catch the beginnings of a dropped hem in a dress, pretty soon I'd have to hem the WHOLE dress. So, yes, stitching 10 stitches was definitely preferable to sewing the whole doggone seam.

The same goes for home maintenance. If you are a homeowner, well, you must MAINTAIN the home. As a REALTOR, I run into deferred maintenance all of the time (procrastination in the repair fields) and what might have been a minor twist of a screwdriver, a few squeezes of a caulking gun, or half a can of paint...become big dollar projects that need professional assistance.

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1. Change your filters. No LESS than every three months.

2. Caulk. Bathrooms, kitchens, doors, windows, holes in stucco. Caulk. You'll be glad you did. They make it clear, colored, white....

3. LED Lights. They last forever...or at least long enough. Be green, save energy.

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4. Carpet cleaning. Fido, Fluffy, the kids, you...all sorts of dirt and debris and more are hiding there. Extend the life of your carpet, and help keep your home smelling fresher, by cleaning your carpets every so often.

5. That running toilet. The dripping faucet...that's money down the drain.

6. Bugs.  If you are not, at the very least, spraying yourself, hire a professional service. Monthly, quarterly...a dollar spent now can save hundreds and hundreds down the road. Termites, mice, bees, woodpeckers...they are all nuisances that add up to big bills.

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Oh, and a bonus.  7. Paint.  Scrape and paint that fascia board, eves, under your patio, trim, etc.  Avoid dry rot as long as possible by applying a little paint.  Besides, it shows pride of ownership.

Have the house your neighbors envy.  A stitch in time saves nine...and $$$$$


If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,


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Comment balloon 2 commentsCara Marcelle Mancuso • June 19 2017 09:53PM


Cara Marcelle Mancuso Those are very good saving tips for the long run.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) almost 2 years ago

Having a calendar full of what to do when...important to stay ahead of the home maintenance game !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 2 years ago