Retirement

Approaching Retirement on a Budget? How you can Keep Home Maintenance Costs Affordable

When questioned about where they want to live, a significant amount of those aged 65 and older state that they would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. This allows them to still remain a part of the activities in their communities that they have become accustomed to over the years.

However, living in your own home during your golden years can present some challenges, especially where property maintenance is concerned. You may be finding it difficult to climb ladders and change bulbs, clean gutters and perform other repairs – while also struggling to find reliable and reputable tradespeople or businesses to get the job done for you. 

Below are some available options for getting various types of maintenance performed in and around your home – allowing you to remain independent for as long as possible:

Seek Out Community Organizations

These days, many communities are served by various nonprofit organizations that can enable retirees to have home maintenance performed at extremely affordable rates – or even free of charge in some cases. Although organizations that offer these services will differ depending on the area you live in, one of the easiest ways to find out if any assistance is available is to visit your local senior center. Some libraries may have information in this regard as well.

Don’t Overlook Home Healthcare Providers

Many seniors already benefit from helpers or aides who come to their homes and assist with basic cleaning tasks such as vacuuming, dusting and general tidying up. Although these individuals usually won’t perform home repairs or general maintenance, there’s a strong chance that they will know of someone reliable and affordable that will be able to perform any repairs that may be needed.

Ask Family and Friends for Assistance

When any type of help is needed around the house, one of the best options for retirees is to consider asking friends and family if they will be able to help or whether they know of anyone else that can provide the assistance that’s needed. 

If you’re part of a religious community, you may find that youth groups and other volunteers will be more than willing to perform home repairs and other types of upkeep such as raking leaves, watering plants, trimming trees and shrubs or even applying a coat of paint in some cases. 

Retirees can also benefit from speaking with neighbors about any home maintenance needs they may have. Although the neighbors may not be able to perform the required tasks, they may know of reliable contractors who will be able to offer the best possible rates. 

While it may become more difficult for you to perform DIY and general home maintenance projects, help is often available out there. Most importantly, you should never be afraid to ask for help when it comes to taking care of your home – a number of individuals and organizations will usually be more willing to assist than you realize.