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It's true that the world is full of experts that are only a click away. It's the beauty of the internet age. However, it is also true that these experts all usually come at a cost. When feasibly possible it is always best to try and do it yourself. Obviously we’re not talking brain surgery here, but basic household and car maintenance are skills that you can pick up yourself with a little time and effort, and can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.

Here’s a list of all the things you should try to do yourself to start saving yourself a little cash when things go wrong.

Basic car maintenance

  1. Changing your oil: You need to be aware how much you need (check the dipstick on the reg.) and how to top it up. Really simple things to learn, and if you don’t do them, it can lead to some pretty expensive car repairs down the line.

  2. Changing a tyre: This is generally covered in your roadside recovery costs, but it’s always a useful skill to know. It will save you time and possibly call out fees (depending on your roadside recovery company)

  3. Changing the window wipers: Possibly the easiest thing in the world to do, and should be done at least once a year. Learn to do it yourself so you don’t have to pay a mechanic to do it every time.

  4. Changing your headlights: This should be done about once a year, and by buying and changing the bulbs yourself, you can save paying a mechanic to do it.


Basic Household maintenance

  1. Unclog a drain: Nasty, but it’s better to learn how to clean the U-bend under your kitchen sink yourself instead of having a to call a plumber out every time.

  2. Clean AC filters: If you feel your air conditioner isn’t running at 100% do a little investigating yourself before you call out the repair guy. Simply cleaning the filters usually increases the efficiency of the airflow and costs you nothing.

  3. Paint your own walls: It’s long, it’s boring, and it’s sweaty work, but painting your own walls and ceilings will save you loads of cash instead of calling in a painter and decorator to do it for you.

  4. Understanding your boiler: Boilers can be complicated things by and large, and you don’t want to go messing around with things you don’t understand. However, just learning exactly what each switch and symbol does could save you calling out a boiler repairman when all you actually need to do is reset the pressure gauge.

  5. Washing machine maintenance: Check that your hoses are not split or bulging oddly about once a month. In addition, you should always leave the door ajar between loads. Finally, once a month or so you should run an empty wash with either a few cups of white vinegar, or just your normal detergent. By keeping your washing machine in good health you’ll save money on repairs or even having to shell out to buy a new one.

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