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The 4 Most Expensive Home Repairs and How to Prevent Them
Having a home will likely be the largest investment most of us will make which is why taking care of it, is of distinct importance. Maintaining your home may feel like a chore or a nuisance but not only helps keep your home in prime condition for living in but helps maintain and even increase the value of your home, should you look to sell in the future.
While every homeowner takes pride in fixing a broken electrical socket or anchoring a shelf onto a piece of drywall, there are some repairs that you may want to avoid rather than tackle. It could be due to the amount of money or effort you'd have to put in would prove too taxing for even the most avid handymen.
The thing is, attempting to mend a broken faucet is one thing, but removing mold from underneath a hard-to-reach place where you have to break the wall and dig and move all your furniture out of the way can be a truly frustrating experience.
In this article, we're going to talk about what the most expensive home repairs are so that you can avoid having to make them by preventing the disasters that cause them from happening in the first place.
Here's the deal.
1. Problems with foundation
Although foundation problems in buildings aren't that common, when they do happen, they will cost you an arm and a leg to fix. Due to the position of the foundation itself, a repair of a faulty foundation would usually mean you have to move furniture, break the floor, and do several other steps to be able to approach the problem in the first place.
Whether it's the poor quality of soil your house was built on, or a nearby tree spread its root a bit too liberally, so to speak, a foundation problem can pop up at any time. So you need to perform regular checks to ensure everything's standing where it's supposed to be.
What you may want to look for is cracks in the floor, doorframes that are getting more and more slanted for no apparent reason, as well as for moisture in your basement.
2. Plumbing issues
If you want to know the definition of suffering, leave a plumbing problem unattended for a while and then see what happens. Something like 90% of it is entirely out of sight, so if something goes wrong, you better hope it's with the remaining 10% that's visible. That said, sometimes a leak can occur somewhere in the wall where you can't reach it.
Not to mention that fixing such a problem after it's gotten real bad costs a fortune.
To prevent this horrible turn of events, be sure to perform regular checks of your plumbing and sewage system every year, especially before winter. You may also want to call in a professional to inspect the pipes with their cameras that can reach deep into the pipes that run beneath your house and in the walls.
3. Roofing problems
The roof on your house is supposed to be one of the toughest parts of it, because it's meant to protect you from the elements and block out the sun when it's rays are too strong.
Now, while not all roofing problems are challenging to fix, what's tricky about them is that an unaddressed roofing problem can quickly snowball into a more significant problem involving many different areas in your home.
The best way of preventing roofing problems is to take good care of various parts of your roof and replace the old ones when necessary. For example, a timely gutter replacement can save you a fortune down the road, because it will prevent several issues including mold formation, leaks, floods, and a host of other potential problems.
4. Mold removal
… may seem like not necessarily the toughest job in the world. But it pretty much is.
Other than being unsightly, mold also represents a potential health risk, as it can cause respiratory problems to anyone exposed to it for extended periods.
So, to prevent having to pay for expensive repairs, be sure to check for any leaks or moisture coming from your attic, basement, or any area in your home where there is some moisture. The earlier you notice mold formation, the easier you can tackle it while it's still small in scale.
All in all, home repairs can be quite expensive if they get to a point where they're so bad you have to call in a team of professionals to take care of it. Of course, if you take good care of your property, perform smaller fixes here and there, and inspect your home premises often.
You'll dramatically reduce the chances of having to deal with a disastrous and costly failure of one or more of your homes essential systems.
About the author
Mia Ackerson is a Melbourne-based writer. Loves writing about home decorations and home improvements. She's also interested in reading books, movies, music, baking, and gardening. You can follow her on Twitter.
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