10 easy home repairs that in the long run can help you save money

After a few years your home can start to show signs of wear and tear. Doors start to squeak, floorboards start to rise and the windows don’t close like they used to. Here is a list of some repairs that you can carry out to avoid more serious and costly repairs later on. The more well prepared your house is for the unexpected and natural disasters the better prepared you are to deal with them as well.

 

  • Basement

The basement is susceptible to water damage and mold. If you begin to see peeling paint on walls, that is a sign of potential trouble. To avoid this, clean the down spouts regularly. While cleaning in a basement it is advisable to wear a face mask so you do not breathe into many mold spores.

  • Roof/Attic

Water leaking into your home can cause mold and mildew, among other things. To avoid serious damage to your roof/attic, inspect it every half a year.

  • Gutters

Damaged gutters can cause wet or flooded basements. To avoid problems, clean your gutters at least twice a year.

  • Windows

Window damage can cause higher heating and cooling costs, as well as an increased risk of burglary. To avoid problems, get rid of any damaged caulk. It is a costly solution but you may want to consider tinting your Windows. This will in the end lower your air conditioning bill as tinted windows let less heat into your house.

  • Bathrooms

Leaks, dripping faucets, and running toilets are all bad signs. If there are signs of trouble, you can tighten pipe connections and/or get rid of bad pipes.

  • Fireplace

Fireplace damage can cause serious problems, including carbon monoxide. One way to avoid issued would be to install carbon monoxide detectors near the fireplace.

  • HVAC

To avoid problems with your HVAC system, be sure to replace your air filters every few months. That will also improve its performance. If you wish to save money you can purchase filters that only need to be cleaned rather than replaced.

  • Sewer

If you are starting to notice that the drains are clogged, or running slowly, rent a sewer snake at the first sign of problems and clean the outlet pipe. Be aware that hair is often the culprit and gloves should be worn.

  • Electrical System

To avoid any problem, replace two pronged outlets and make sure the light bulbs aren’t loose. If you suspect any water damage be sure to call a professional electrician.

  • Exterior Walls

Be sure to scrape, patch, and repaint problem areas. The exterior paint of the house is your house is first line of defense against the weather.

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