The top repairs to make on your house
Spending money on your home can be fun when it's for brand-new paint, furniture, fixtures or accessories, but nobody likes to put their money where they can't see it, such as into plumbing or electrical wiring, which are hidden behind walls.
The reality of homeownership, however, is that those areas we least like to spend on tend to be not only the most expensive but also the most necessary. Sure, no one's going to comment on your top-of-the-line septic system, but they're definitely going to comment if it's not working properly.
In order to keep your home's value at maximum and get the most enjoyment possible from it, you'll need to make sure the basic systems remain in good repair. You may not be able to see the systems themselves, but you'll definitely see the difference having them running properly can make.
Top Five Home Repairs
Here are the top five home components to keep in top condition:
- Septic Systems: City dwellers hooked up to municipal sewer systems don't have to worry about this, but for those in rural areas, the septic system is an extremely important part of the house. Make sure your septic tank is the right size for your household, and keep up on any prescribed maintenance. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, get it checked as soon as possible. The longer a problem is left, the worse it is likely to get, and the more expensive it will likely be to fix.
- Plumbing: The only thing worse than having a septic system flood your backyard is having a toilet or septic pipe back up into your home. Keeping your plumbing in good working order can help to prevent this, and that means not just your pipes but the fixtures, as well. And while they might not be as gross as septic leaks, water leaks can be harmful, too. Not only do they cost you money, but the moisture also contributes to the perfect breeding ground for cooling systems. Poor ventilation can lower indoor air quality, which may aggravate existing conditions like allergies and asthma, as well lead to side effects like headaches, dizziness and throat or sinus irritation.
- Insulation: Your home insulation is what protects you from the elements and makes sure that the money you spend heating or cooling your home is well spent. Poor insulation leads to costly leaks and drafts, which are harmful not only to your wallet but also to the environment. Make sure your insulation remains clean and dry, as its surface can be a great way for mold to spread throughout your home under the right conditions.
Other Home Repairs
Of course, you also need to keep your home structure itself in good repair. Roofs take a lot of abuse from the elements, so conduct regular inspections for leaks or damage and repair these right away. Walls not only keep rooms separate, but some also keep the house standing. Be especially mindful of cracks in exterior and load-bearing walls and have these looked at by a professional if they get too deep, long or wide. Interior walls can be kept looking good with fresh paint, although sometimes spackle and / or new drywall may be required. Finally, every home needs a good foundation. Floods, earthquakes or just wear and tear over time can cause your foundation to shift. Because it is such an integral part of your home, it's best to leave foundation repair to professionals.