Homeowners – are you always breaking appliances? Do you invest in a new device only for it to break down straight away?
Sadly, this is an occupational hazard of owning a property. Even worse, it pairs up with your other pet peeve to cause maximum pain – wasting money. The more your valuables break, the more cash you have to spend.
As a result, you must understand when it’s time to repair an appliance and when you should start again with a replacement. Most people will opt for the latter, yet fixing belongings is a cheap and time-effective alternative when done properly.
Here’s what to keep in mind.
Will The Repair Last?
When you think of a breakdown, you’re picturing your car by the side of the road with steam rising from the hood. And, because vehicles are expensive to buy, you will most likely try and fix the problem before admitting defeat. While there’s nothing wrong with taking your car to a mechanic, the price of the repair needs offsetting against the longevity of your vehicle. In short, will the fix last, or will you end up waiting for a recovery truck to pick you up in the pouring rain?
If it’s the latter, it’s cheaper and less hassle to invest in a car with a long life expectancy.
Are You Going Green?
The next asset on your hit list is your household appliances. Like cars, fridges and washing machines suffer from wear and tear and often go bump in the night. People may tell you that, as a rule, it’s less expensive to replace white appliances with newer versions. Don’t listen because appliance repair is all about the individual house. Homes that want quality devices that will lower their carbon footprint, for instance, will have to spend around $1,200 for the privilege.
The average call out charge for a repair service is $100 per hour. It won’t take a pro twelve hours to repair your refrigerator.
Does It Have A Guarantee?
Just because you have to live without your favorite appliance for a few days doesn’t mean you can afford a replacement. Purchasing goods with a warranty included will help you reduce the expense of running a home. Of course, there’s no need to splash out for a warranty if you have house insurance. A content’s coverage plan means you can claim the fee from your insurer without spending a penny.
Even when it doesn’t have a guarantee, it may have a guarantee.
Can You Upcycle?
Clothes are part of a throwaway culture that, apart from hurting the environment, leave a hole in your bank balance. Typically, old clothes are thrown away and replaced with newer, more stylish, expensive pieces. But, before you decide on updating your wardrobe, you may want to consider upcycling. Taking a pair of worn-out jeans, for example, will save you money on shorts. All you need to do is cut them down to size, and voila – you’ve got jorts.
The same applies to t-shirts. Cut off the arms to transform it into a cool, unique tank top.