Making a house your home takes work, and sometimes you need a little outside help to keep everything in order. Countless companies and professionals have built businesses providing home services that help you maintain your house and everyone inside it. Living frugally means being a do-it-yourself guru, but from time to time you’ve got to call in the experts.
If your family owns a home you may want to add the following service providers to your contact list.
Pest Control Services
It can happen to any homeowner. No matter how clean you keep things around your home, insects decide it’s the perfect place to live. They could be in search of water, food or a place to hunker down when the weather is bad outside.
Sure, there are plenty of insecticide sprays at the store, and sometimes those work. But certain bugs and infestations require the expertise of professional pest control technicians. Pest control companies have access to pesticides that aren’t available to consumers. They also know the proper technique for getting rid of insects and preventing their return.
Make sure to research pest control companies in your area to look for rates, what kind of pesticides they use, and the experience of their technicians.
Unless you live in southern California or way up north, there’s a good chance your home has an HVAC system. It’s a vital system that keeps your home comfortable and can affect the air quality inside.
Here again, you can do some of the upkeep yourself, like changing out air filters. If you’re really handy and don’t mind crawling through crawl spaces you may even manage to seal your duct work yourself. But when it comes time for an HVAC system tuneup, it’s best left to a professional.
HVAC technicians understand the intricate workings of the system and how to spot problems. They also have access to freon for recharging the system, which you won’t be able to get your hands on without the proper license. The EPA offers 10 tips for finding a heating and cooling specialist that you can trust to do the job right. The good news is annual tune-ups can help your HVAC system run more efficiently, and you may end up saving more money than you spend.
If you have kids under the age of 12 years old and you don’t have immediate family nearby you’ve probably spent hours trying to find a babysitter. Stepping into your shoes for a few hours is arguably the most important job someone could have.
There are lots of reasons you may need to hire a babysitter from work obligations to simply wanting some alone time with your spouse. The trick is to find a babysitter that offers a good rate and offers more than a watchful eye. Again, when you’re at home watching the kids you aren’t just sitting on the couch channel surfing. You’re picking up toys, making meals and cleaning up the kitchen. A babysitter who’s willing to help around the house is worth the steep hourly rate.
House Cleaning Services
This one is a bit of a splurge, but boy is it worth it once or twice a year. If you’re a contractor or freelancer you can actually justify the cost of house cleaning services. Basically, the time you spend cleaning could be spent working. If you earn more per hour than the cost of the cleaning service then paying someone to do it actually saves you money.
There are also occasions when you need cleaning help because you simply don’t have enough time to do it yourself. For example, if you’re moving, the home needs to be spotless. With everything else that’s going on you just may not have time to get it done before moving out. Or maybe you’re throwing a party at your house and want to make sure it’s looking perfect. Hiring a house cleaning service may be the best way to ensure the guests are wowed.
There are also electricians, plumbers, landscapers and more that will be needed from time to time. Do what you can to save money with DIY fixes, but keep in mind sometimes it’s less expensive to have a pro handle the work for you.