“Hooray for home repairs!” said no one ever.
Home repair and maintenance aren’t something we enjoy taking care of, but more of a necessity to ensure we have a safe, warm, dry place to live. While we’d probably all like to take the money we should spend on repairs and take a trip to the beach instead, here are 6 home maintenance problems that require immediate attention.
Damage to Paint or Siding
While damage to exterior paint and siding on your home will leave your house looking run down and unappealing, it can also be a sign of a bigger issue. Paint and siding both act as a barrier to protect the interior of your home from the outside world—chipping, missing pieces of siding, and any other exterior damage makes it easy for unwanted water and pests to get into your house and cause some serious damage. Find a handyman and take care of it before it turns into a more expensive fix.
Hairline cracks typically occur as your home’s foundation settles and should be filled to prevent water issues. Major cracks, bulging, sagging beams, and cracks around doors and windows are signs of something much worse. If you suspect foundation problems, contact a professional immediately before it gets worse and your house becomes structurally unsound.
Like the paint and siding on your home, your roof is an added protection to keep out water and insects that would happily destroy your home if given entry. Something as simple as a missing shingle can lead to major damage if left unfixed.
If you suspect electrical problems, contact an electrician. Right now. Signs of potential electrical problems include breakers that trip constantly, outlets that feel hot, and lights that dim when you turn other lights or appliances on.
If you’ve ever watched any of the TV shows depicting major infestations, you know to call an exterminator at the first signs of a problem (or just burn your house to the ground). Termites can easily destroy your house in anywhere from a few months to a few years, rodents carry diseases that can spread to your family, and spiders, bees, ants, and bugs of any kind are just plain gross.
Water leaks can lead to serious problems within your home that require costly fixes. If you notice unexplainable musty smells in your home or start seeing signs of mold, contact a professional immediately.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Establish a home maintenance schedule to stay on top of any issues before they turn into something large and expensive. Because, really, wouldn’t you rather spend your hard-earned money on something fun?