It can be tempting to put off home improvement projects because of financial constraints. However, there are some issues that if not addressed can lead to thousands of dollars in replacement & repair costs.
Roofing Issues: It’s important to address minor roofing issues before they become significant. Calling a professional allows you to determine whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. If you’re noticing leaking, loose shingles discolored spots or bald faced patches connect with a reputable professional ASAP.
Windows & Doors That Produce Drafts: In addition to making your home less aesthetically appealing, old windows & doors that produce air leaks are a major drain on your energy bills. A single drafty window can be like having a hole in your wall the size of the brick. Having multiple windows and doors that produce drafts can quickly affect your pocketbook.
Runaway Rainwater: A gutter’s purpose is to control the flow of rainwater from your roof to the ground and away from your home. Not controlling rainwater can damage your home’s exterior, cause a wet basement, or ruin your home’s landscaping. An additional benefit of gutters is that they can ward off insects in your basement or crawl spaces.
Leaky Faucets & Toilets: The longer you allow a leak to continue, the worse the situation is going to be. Ignoring a leak means you’re allowing money to go down the drain. 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 professional because you may have a hidden leak.
Insulation: Insulation helps regulate the temperature of your home by controlling the amount of heat lost & 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.
Electrical Issues: If the culprit isn’t a light bulb nearing the end of its lifespan, 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.
Sump Pump: It’s important to inspect your sump pump regularly to ensure it’s in good working order. 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.