12 Home Projects and Repairs You Really Shouldn’t Avoid

Julissa Arangure
Written by Julissa Arangure
Updated December 6, 2021
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If you’re dreading the thought of starting another project at home, you're not the only one. One minute you’re enjoying a quiet evening at home and the next, you’re scrambling for buckets to hold the water from a leak in the roof. 

While it seems harmless to push projects back due to cost and time, they’ll end up costing more in the long run. Taking care of these home projects will help ensure the safety of your home and family. Below are 12 common home projects and repairs you really shouldn’t avoid. 

1. Roof Repairs

Almost all roof damage will get significantly worse over time if you ignore it. This is true whether the problem is a leak, cracking, or water damage. Luckily, all you have to do here is call a roofer to make the repairs, so this is a home project you don’t need to avoid any longer.

2. Window Installation

Avoiding replacing your current windows? Faulty or old windows can lead to water damage in your home from leaks and be a security concern. Give a window installer a call to take care of this crucial project today.  

When choosing new windows, look for those with better insulation to help keep cool air in and improve energy consumption.

3. Exterior Painting 

After five to 10 years, your exterior paint can accumulate mold, mildew, and water stains, so a quality exterior paint job is a must, especially if you plan to resell. A professional will help you determine exactly what you need for your home. 

4. Plumbing Issues

There’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day to a huge water mess caused by a leaking pipe. Because buckets can only hold so much, you’ll need the assistance of a reputable plumber. Putting this off can lead to water damage to your interiors, flooring, and walls that you’ll eventually have to invest more money in.  

5. Mold Removal

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Mold can be dangerous to your health, causing allergic reactions such as rashes, watery eyes, and itching. But it can also cause structural damage to your home if left untreated because it eats away at material, which can result in collapsing ceilings and falling walls. If you suspect you have mold in your house, hire a professional to inspect and repair any damage, as this problem can have a significant impact on you and your loved ones. 

6. Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Hardwood floors are beautiful and go well with any decor style. But, after some time, unfinished floors without the proper care can scratch and splinter, as well as accumulate dirty spots that lead to mold. 

Refinishing can be done with the right equipment and a little help from friends. To make things a little easier, prep your hardwood floor in stages. Start by cleaning out the room for a more comfortable and easier-to-work space. 

7. Cleaning Gutters

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Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your home in many ways, including damaging your roof, creating an environment for pests and rodents to live in, and can cause the foundation of your home to become unstable. Removing leaves, water, dust, and debris from your gutters every fall will save you money in the long run.

8. Replacing Home Insulation

Replacing your insulation is a home project you probably haven’t even considered doing—but it’s important for regulating temperature and noise pollution. If your energy bill is suddenly high, you have new allergies, have fluctuating home temperatures, frequent leaks, and rodent issues, insulation replacement is crucial. 

9. Landscaping

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The outside of your home is just as important as what’s inside. Landscaping not only makes your space more welcoming but can also increase the value of your home. When planning your landscaping design ideas, think about your climate, theme, and functionality.

Simply add your favorite flowers, plants, and bushes to take your yard to the next level. If you have a busy schedule, hiring someone for maintenance will keep you coming home to a beautiful yard. 

10. Organizing Closets

Anything that involves clutter and mess is far from appealing. However, there is a great benefit to organizing your wardrobe, whether it’s installing custom shelving, adding new functional drawers, or simply sorting through clothes. Not only will you find pieces that have been hiding in there for a while, but you’ll save time in your day by having a functional space.  

11. Cleaning Appliances

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Unclean appliances can harbor bacteria, fungus, and possibly even bugs, all of which can affect your health. Dirty microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, and coffee makers should all be cleaned often to prevent illness or contamination. Doing this can also increase the lifespan of your appliances, making it another home project you won’t want to avoid any longer.

12. Foundation Repairs

Foundation repairs can be complicated, but if caught early, they can save you a lot of money in the long run. Water can make its way into poor sealing and can cause an array of problems. 

If you’ve noticed cracks around the house, doors that are hard to shut, or sloping floors, you’ll need to hire a local foundation contractor to check out your home. 

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