Home Repairs That Can't Wait
Spending money on a kitchen remodel or new living room set is certainly more exciting than foundation correction or pest control, but not nearly as important. After all, your new granite countertops are not going to prevent water from leaking into your basement and causing a nasty mold problem.
Performing regular maintenance on your home and repairing structural issues as soon as they’re discovered is the best way to preserve the integrity and value of your investment. This will also save you a lot of money and stress when you decide to sell your home; you won’t have to do as much to get it ready for market, and your seller’s disclosure will prove to buyers that you took great care of your property. So, before you blow this month’s maintenance budget at Home Goods, take a look at this list of maintenance and repair items you can’t afford to wait on:
- Roof: A damaged or leaky roof can lead to all kinds of expensive problems, including water damage, wood rot, mold and infestations. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be, especially if it turns into a complete replacement.
- Foundation: Foundation issues will affect your entire home if neglected or left untreated. A crack in the wall of your basement can turn into cracks and shifting in the other levels of your home, which compromises the structural integrity of your property and causes a plethora of ugly cosmetic problems.
- Gutters: Clogged gutters prevent water from being property directed away from your foundation. Don’t put off cleaning out leaves and debris, or you risk water and mold problems. If climbing ladders isn’t your thing, spring for some gutter covers.
- Pests: If you notice a pest problem in or around your home, waiting to treat it will only allow it to get worse. A few ants or an occasional spider may be eradicated with bug spray or glue traps that you can purchase at your nearest home improvement store, but if the problem doesn’t improve or becomes more serious you should call an exterminator right away.
- Septic System/Sewer Line: Not only is this the yuckiest problem you are likely to encounter, but it’s often one of the costliest. A backed-up or broken sewer line not only requires a line repair or replacement, but the side effects can destroy your lawn and driveway as well.
For items of this importance, don’t just go with the cheapest fix as that could cost you more in the long run. Make sure you have trustworthy experts to perform the work, and if you need recommendations your agent will be happy to provide them.