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8 Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Your home is your greatest investment and probably your greatest possession, so why leave problems on the back burner when you notice them?

While busy schedules or financial burdens are seemingly good reasons to put off home improvements, doing so may actually cost you more in the long run.

We want to point out some of the red flags that you should always address as soon as possible. Taking care of these issues right away can save you BIG in the future.

1. Roofing Problems

Your roof is essential to your home, and we’ve talked about easy ways to maintain it.

Refresh yourself with these tips to keep your roof in working order. Leaking, loose shingles, or any discoloration means it’s time to call in a pro and take care of the minor issue before it becomes a major one.

2. Discolored Ceiling Stains

This is an indicator of moisture coming into your home, either from the roof or pipes in your bathroom.

Take some time to find the source of the leak and save yourself thousands in water damage or even worse, the loss of personal belongings.

3. Crumbly, Wood Windows

This is a sign of rot and could lead to a much larger issue. If your windows are peeling or crumbling, address them ASAP!

4. Electrical Issues

Flickering lights may be a sign of improper or old wiring. This issue needs to be examined by a licensed professional early on. Any electrical issue within the home can be dangerous for everyone inside.

5. Leaky Faucets or Toilets

Monitor your water bill each month, if your bill skyrockets, but you haven’t increased usage call a plumber. A hidden leak may be plaguing your home!

6. Replacing a Deck

Failing to stay on top of routine cleanup and maintenance can really do a number on your deck.

The cost of maintaining a deck is less than $100 a year while replacing it from the ground up can run upwards of $8,000. Keep it clean from debris, reapply sealant, and do an annual inspection for rot to keep your deck healthy.

7. Driveway

Many people don’t think about the necessity of maintaining their driveway but think about how much it’s exposed to.

Your driveway handles the constant weight of heavy vehicles and is fully exposed to harsh conditions (extreme heat, ice, etc.).

Asphalt driveways are prone to crumbling if not protected so be vigilant with your application of driveway sealer.

8. Clogged Gutters

Neglecting your regular gutter maintenance can lead to problems with mold, cracks in flooring, or even erosion.

Spending a little time on your Saturdays cleaning out the gutters will help safeguard your home against bigger problems in the future.

Most of these home improvement issues are easily avoidable with a little regular upkeep, but if left unattended they can spiral into something ugly really quickly.

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Categories Home Inspection

7 Misconceptions About Home Improvement

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The verdict is in, and we’ve got the lowdown on the biggest home improvement misconceptions.

The overlying theme? Less is more and simplicity is usually the way to go. Do your homework and make responsible decisions for your home.

1. Costly Contractors Are the ONLY Way to Go

Not necessarily. Do your homework and conduct thorough research before settling on a professional contractor. Check out their site: what are customers saying?

Are there any success stories or photos available? Consult friends and family for potential recommendations. Just because the sticker price is high, doesn’t guarantee top quality or service.

2. Remodeling Always Adds Value

Think again. What is aesthetically pleasing to you, may deter future buyers. Especially if you know you have plans to sell your home down the road, stick to timeless designs and avoid an exaggerated color palette.

You can always spruce up the place with less permanent (and costly) additions, such as artwork, furniture, rugs, etc.

3. DIY Always Saves You Money

Unless you’re a skilled professional or really know what you’re doing, step away from the sledgehammer and reconsider your DIY “demo day.”

You might have a zest for home improvement, but rushing into a project, without proper preparation, planning or skill could cost you more in the long-run. In fact, it usually costs contractors more to fix a problem, than if they’d been hired in the first place.

4. Energy Efficiency Is Expensive and Complicated

Not true! You don’t need to install high-tech solar panels on your roof or start a compost pit in your backyard to be energy efficient. There are super simple solutions to everyday energy efficiency to save you massive dollars in the long run:

  • Limit your showers to 5 minutes
  • Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use
  • Opt for LED or CFL lighting, rather than traditional incandescents
  • Utilize natural light during the daytime

5. Pools Increase Home Value

Pools are also a huge liability and require extensive upkeep. Not to mention the cost of building and installation.

For many home buyers, pools are simply “too good to be true” — the extra responsibility and maintenance is simply not worth the minor convenience on a hot summer day.

6. Replace Your HVAC Filter Monthly

In fact, the Department of Energy recommends homeowners check their filters every month with the understanding most people will replace them every 3-4 months.

You could be tossing out perfectly good filters and wasting a whole ton of money — if it looks dirty, replace it. Otherwise, every three months is a good rule of thumb.

7. Lemons Are Good for Your Garbage Disposal

The smell might seem nice, but citric acid can corrode metal blades, and tough peel can damage grinding gears and clog pipes.

Instead, opt for a tray of ice cubes, which helps clean the blades and buildup. Vinegar is an excellent, safe alternative for eliminating unpleasant odors.

Were you fooled by any of these home improvement myths? Are we missing any? Let us know!

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