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Home Maintenance Tips-Save The Warranty Information!

New homeowners and do-it-yourselfers may think they already have enough paperwork to keep track of, so why hang on to those "annoying" warranty booklets that no one has time to read, right? Actually, warranty booklets typically provide a great deal of valuable information for products that are, at times, quite a financial investment.

Whether you have questions about your new refrigerator, luxury faucet or backup sump pump, the warranty booklet for these items provides contact information for the manufacturer and the manufacturer typically knows their products better than the retail staff that sold the merchandise. For do-it-yourselfers, warranties often provide installation instructions and information on how to order spare parts if they become lost or damaged in the installation process.

New homeowners, who are just getting their feet wet, would be well advised to read the safety instructions provided with items that have potential safety hazards such as gardening equipment, power tools and the like. Lastly, if a particular item breaks down 1, 5 or even 10 years down the road, it is worth reading the warranty manual to see if the manufacturer will at least cover the cost of any replacement parts. For big-ticket items like a furnace or whole house generator, enlisting the manufacturer to provide parts covered under the warranty can add up to big savings.

The best home maintenance tips are those that save money, protect the investment made in your home and ensure the safety of you and your family. Labeling a file folder in your home office desk or setting aside a small storage bin and storing all your warranty pamphlets there is an easy way to keep track of important information. For more tips on cost-effective ways to keep your home beautiful and safe, please contact us.