Certain home improvement projects can cost you in the long run if they go unaddressed.
It can be tempting to put off home improvement projects because of financial constraints or busy schedules. However, there are some issues that can lead to thousands of dollars in replacement and repair costs if ignored.
1. Roofing problems
It’s important to address minor roofing issues before they become significant. Calling a professional doesn’t mean you have to replace your roof; it simply allows you to make an informed decision. If you’re noticing leaking, loose shingles, discolored spots or bald-faced patches, connect with a pro as soon as possible.
2. Drafty windows and doors
In addition to making your home less aesthetically appealing, old windows and doors that produce air leaks are a major drain on your energy bill. A single drafty window can be like having a hole in your wall the size of a brick. Having multiple windows and doors that produce drafts can quickly affect your pocketbook.
3. Runaway rainwater
A gutter controls the flow of rainwater from your roof to the ground and away from your home. Not controlling rainwater can damage your home’s exterior, lead to soil erosion and affect the integrity of your landscaping. An additional benefit of gutters: They can ward off insects in your basement or crawl spaces.
4. Poor insulation
Insulation helps regulate temperature by controlling the amount of heat lost and gained. This allows your home to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Without insulation, half of the energy used to regulate your home’s temperature is lost. Upgraded insulation in your home will add to its comfort level while allowing you to save on energy bills.
5. Leaky faucets and toilets
The longer you allow a leak to continue, the worse the situation is going to be. Monitor your water bill each month — if you notice a significant jump but haven’t increased the amount of water you’re using, it’s time to a call a plumber because you may have a hidden leak.
6. Electrical issues
If the culprit isn’t a light bulb nearing the end of its life span, it’s important to connect with a professional. Flickering lights can imply your current wiring was improperly done or is wearing out in some spots. Ignoring this issue can lead to a house fire.
7. Slumping sump pump
It’s important to inspect your sump pump regularly to ensure it’s in good working order. While this includes checking the batteries, it’s also a good idea to have a plumbing professional check it on an annual basis. A sump pump that malfunctions could flood your home and cost you thousands of dollars in damages.
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