Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bills, Bills, Bills: Some of the Most Expensive Home Repairs and How To Avoid Them

When you buy a home, it is one of the most expensive things that you will ever buy. It is an exciting purchase, though. You’ll be on the property ladder and be investing money each month, rather than when you are renting and paying someone else’s mortgage for them. One of the new responsibilities that come with homeownership is the cost of all the repairs. There is no more calling the landlord when the home is in a bit of a state. If you don’t keep with the maintenance, though, it can end up costing a lot of money. So here are some ways to avoid some of the most expensive repairs that could occur.

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Foundation Damage

Not only is foundation damage going to cost a lot to repair, but it is a pretty big deal. It can cause major problems if it is just left alone. So to make sure that you don’t get any unexpected damage, it is a good idea to check your basement regularly. Check all spaces in the basement for any signs of cracks in the wall or any water damage. Door frames might have expanded or be out of place, or there may be floors that are uneven. If any of these things are found, then you need to deal with it right away. Water damage is a major factor, so something like basement wall sealing could be a way to fix things before it gets too bad.

Mold

Mold and mildew not only look bad, but they can be very detrimental to health. So as well as causing damage to your home, it can be harmful to everyone in the home. It can appear pretty much anywhere and on any surface. If you have some, it means that there is some damp getting in somewhere. If you’re not sure where then an expert could come to check. Otherwise, you will just be constantly cleaning away the mold, but it will keep coming back. But if you have any leaks or cracks in the wall exterior, they could be the source. So check on these types of thing regularly.

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Roofing

In order to prevent any major disasters with roofing, it is a good idea to regularly check and maintain your roof. If you haven’t got a tall enough ladder, then it is something that would actually be worth investing in. Then you can check your roof without the help of a professional. Be sure to check on your roof at least twice a year, but more when there have been any big windstorms, for example.

Termite Infestation

Termites can cause so many problems to property if they are just left to do their thing. They can cause more damage than even water or fire could! So if you spot any signs of termite damage, then you need to get a reputable pest control professional in to help. The signs to look out for are piles of wooden droppings, any dead bugs or wings, as well as mud tubes on the outside walls of your home.
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