5 Most Expensive House Repair Areas for Which You Need to Budget
Every homeowner needs to budget for some expensive home repairs. Major repairs can carry a hefty price tag and while preventative maintenance can reduce some of them, there are always unexpected expenses that are unavoidable.
1. Roof repairs
Your roof is the most important part of your house as the roof protects you from the elements and damage can result in the destruction of everything inside the house. The leak could be the result of factors like missing caulking around a chimney or damaged shingles. A preventative measure would be to have regular roof inspections by professionals.
A ceiling leaking water could indicate that your roof is leaking and you need to take quick action to identify the problem and remediate it. It is likely to be a roof problem if the water is a dirty, brown color and appears directly below the attic space or roof in a place where there are no water lines. Water Mold Fire Restoration is a professional certified water damage restoration company that can identify issues and remediate any damage leaks cause.
2. Foundation repairs
If your house is built in an area where drought causes soil to contract and rains cause it to swell, this could have a negative effect on the foundations. Signs that you may have a problem with your foundations are if cracks start to appear, doors and windows are hard to open and shut, floors begin to slope and water tends to pool in the basement or around the house.
Preventative measures you can take include checking for proper drainage during the rainy season. Keeping the soil around the house at a slope can enable proper drainage. You can also soak the soil around the perimeter of your house during the dry season to prevent it from getting too dry.
3. HVAC repairs
Heating and cooling repairs are costly and HVAC systems inevitably seem to break when they’re needed the most because they work the hardest at these times. If your unit is leaking, not really heating or cooling and is making strange noises, you could have a problem.
Regular maintenance by professionals can help to prevent problems. An HVAC has a life expectancy of about 15-20 years but it will fail much sooner than that without proper maintenance. The best times for maintenance are in the fall before you need to turn on the heat and in the spring before you need the AC. You should also replace your air filters every couple of months as this will help to prevent wear and tear.
4. Plumbing repairs
Plumbing issues can be expensive to fix as problems may occur inside places that are hard to access, like inside the walls and underground. Signs of a problem could be discoloration in exposed pipes, leaks and rusty water. Water damage is a concern because dampness can lead to issues like dry rot and mold.
Cleaning out sewage pipes every couple of years can help to prevent problems. Insulating pipes in winter and not using chemicals to unclog drains can also help.
5. Electrical repairs
The electrical systems of older houses can battle to cope and this can cause fires and injuries. A partial retrofit may make an older house safer to live in. Installing GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in kitchens, bathrooms and any other places where there’s water can interrupt the abnormal current flow and reduce fire risks.
If your lights flicker, your appliances shock you, and your circuit breakers trip on a regular basis, you may to call in professionals to inspect, detect any problems and fix them.