Home ownership can be great.
Your own house, your own rules.
Paint a room purple? You can.
Knock down a wall to make the living room bigger? Sure.
But ownership can come with a high cost when it’s time to make repairs.
Here are the top five most expensive repairs you can make.
Water should always flow downhill.
If it doesn’t, then water can weaken your foundation over time.
Getting on a ladder to unclog gutters isn’t fun, but can save you big.
Make sure water flows freely through your gutters all year long. And, that it flows away from your house.
Otherwise, standing water can seep into the foundation and weaken it.
There are foundation repair companies that specialize in this difficult work if you need them.
From the bottom of your house to the top, water can cause damage.
A missing shingle or two can cause a lot of damage, as water gets in.
Keep an eye out on the things that could fall on your roof, too, like broken branches.
Trim the nearby trees back before it becomes an issue.
Also keep an eye on the flashing around vents and chimneys. Carefully inspect those and repair them before water can get in.
You should ideally inspect your roof twice a year: spring and fall.
Check what happened during the winter, and then get it ready again in the fall.
Along with water falling from the sky, the water inside your pipes can become an issue.
Is your home older? If so, you may have pipes that can cause you future issues.
A pipe may slowly leak inside a wall or ceiling, allowing water to pool. Beyond the structural damage that can happen, it may also become moldy.
Repair and mold remediation can be very, very costly.
Make sure you keep an eye out for any leaks or unusual spots on your walls and ceilings.
Water isn’t the only thing that can get in and cause your house issues.
Squirrels may be cute, but they’ll chew through wires and materials instead of nuts. Don’t give them the chance!
Inspect the outside of your home for small holes the squirrels can get into.
Termites are another pest that can cost you thousands in repair and remediation. Take a careful look at any winged insects you don’t immediately recognize, they can be termites!
Also, make sure you’re checking the wood in your home for damage.
When your HVAC system is running well, it’s cool (well, or warm, depending).
But if it breaks down, it can be expensive to repair or replace.
Make sure you’re doing annual maintenance, like replacing filters.
It may be worth it to also have a professional do an inspection if you think there are issues.
Emergency repair costs much more than routine maintenance.
While you’re doing other types of inspections, it is also a good time to check your insulation.
Well-insulated ducts improve the efficiency of the whole system.
Keep the conditioned air where it belongs – not leaking into the attic or crawlspace.
Owning your own home can be a big undertaking. Maintain your house year round can be so much easier just by following these simple tips!