The following contribution is from another author.
Being a homeowner can be a really wonderful thing. Being able to call the place your own and make it look how you want it is a dream, and you are investing your money into something tangible. But there is no getting away from the fact that homes cost quite a lot of money. From the initial furnishings and fittings, to the ongoing maintenance of your appliances and the wear and tear of the house in general. And unless you want to spend your weekends on chores all of the time, or want to keep spending your money on the home, then being able to make some low-maintenance changes to the home can make a difference. When your home doesn’t take as much looking after, it can be a better place to be.
So with that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do in your home to make sure that it is all much more low-maintenance.
The flooring in your home does have more of an impact than you might think. Take carpets, for example. They need to be cleaned pretty often and can trap a lot of dirt, meaning deep cleans are needed, as well as the fact that they can hold onto smells or things like pet hair. So moving away from something like carpet can make your home easier to look after. Something like stained concrete or laminate flooring can be easier to look after as they will need less cleaning and can be swept, as well as mopped. Small things that can mean less time cleaning.
Declutter the Home
If there are less and less trinkets or knick-knacks around the house, the less there will be and the fewer things that there will be for dust to gather on. Decluttering the home also means less to tidy and organize, which can be a time saver on a daily basis. So don’t underestimate how important a declutter can be in your home.
When it comes to furniture and fixtures in your home, it can pay to choose some quality items in the first place, and that can mean that you’ll be able to save money in the long term. Natural materials like wood or stone can often be things that get better with time, and need very little maintenance. But for things like paint around the house, choose ones that are mold resistant, and choose ones that are waterproof in areas of the home that will need it (such as the kitchen, bathroom, and high-traffic areas of the house).
Having your own home can feel like a really wonderful thing, especially if you get your own outside space. But as nice as it can be to have that space, gardens and yards can be pretty high maintenance, especially over spring and summer. So choose things that will make it lower maintenance. Patios or gravel are easy to look after than lawns, and look for plants that are going to need less looking after.