Homeownership is a desirable and satisfying accomplishment, but it is not without its frustrations. You will avoid a great deal of disappointment as a homeowner if you understand, and accept, that maintenance and repairs are part of the homeownership equation. Being diligent with minor repairs and maintenance can save you money if you deal with minor issues before they turn into major ones.
Let’s face it: Nothing can burst your homeownership bubble more forcefully than extensive and expensive repairs. However, trying to handle certain repairs yourself to save a few dollars now can turn into one of your most costly homeowner mistakes later. There are several critical home features that demand professional attention at the outset.
Over and under
John F. Kennedy advised that “the best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” Great advice, but unless it’s obvious on a sunny day, odds are that your first hint of a roof issue is when you notice a leak or water stain in the ceiling. While no one wants to think about dealing with a flawed roof, these repairs are among the most commonissues that homeowners deal with.
These repairs can also be extremely dangerous. While you may be able to replace a shingle or two as necessary, even that can necessitate some precarious balancing. For your own safety and for your roof’s long-lasting integrity, call in a roofing professional to ensure the job gets done safely and correctly. Depending on the extent of the damage, repairs can run from just a few hundred to over several thousands of dollars, if you need to replace the entire roof.
Just as you should seek professional help with repairs over your head, you need to do the same for any necessary repairs under your feet: your foundation. Not only are foundation repairs also common, but they are definitely critical to your home’s structural integrity. As such, it may very well be your most expensive repair — easily four figures, while five is not unheard of. You can help mitigate this cost by routinely inspecting your foundation for cracks, noticing if your doors don’t shut, or taking notice of cracks in your walls.
Things that don’t mix
Unless you live off the grid, you are heavily reliant on your electrical and plumbing systems. Electrical issues can range from a wiring issue in your wall to appliance issues, such as with your heating and air conditioning system or your water heater. Besides the obvious dangers to you if you try to handle electrical repairs yourself, you could risk your entire household if improper wiring creates an electrical or fire hazard.
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Plumbing and water issues are also no strangers to homeowners, and, like electrical issues, the nature of the problem can widely vary. You may be able to deal with a backed-up toilet by yourself, but if you have an issue with your septic pipe, you should call for professional expertise. If you have a leaking pipe, you might be able to find and repair the leak, but if the leak was extensive, you may be dealing with possible mold issues. A professional water or mold remediator can not only handle obvious mold or water issues, but they know where to look in places you may not think of to check for what could turn into a larger issue later, giving you greater peace of mind.
With the possible variation and variables in both water and electrical issues, your repair costs for either of these can vary from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
Still no place like home
Yes, being a homeowner and dealing with the inevitable repairs can cause you some headaches, but the benefits and blessings of achieving the American Dream typically erase those pains for most homeowners. Having an easily accessible roster of qualified professionals and setting aside some finances for regular maintenance and repairs can ease much of the angst of being caught off guard by necessary home repairs.
Guest Article By Seth Murphy, Contributor, Papadiy.com