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3 Money Sucking Home Maintenance Chores That Can Cost You Hundreds To Ignore

Let’s face it, home maintenance is not fun. But there are some chores that if
3 Money Sucking Home Maintenance Chores That Can Cost You Hundreds To Ignore3 Money Sucking Home Maintenance Chores That Can Cost You Hundreds To Ignoreyou ignore doing them can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Keep an eye on the condition of your basement or attic, your roof and windows. Don’t put it off, go inspect and make any updates or repairs now.

Start in the basement

Best to start at the bottom and work your way up. If you have a basement or crawlspace under your home go down or under there and look for problems. You want to look for things like mold, damage from mice or termites, water damage or cracks in your foundation. Termites can work silently for quite some time before you see damage or actually see the termites or nymphs flying about. Spotting the beginnings of their damage or that of carpenter ants means keeping any damage to a minimum. Cracks in the foundation don’t have to be a huge expense if you catch those early as well. Patching a small crack after finding the cause of the crack, is cheap compared to having to jack up your house and fix a major foundation issue.

Downspouts and gutters

Outside be sure that downspouts point away from the house and direct water away by at least 10 feet from the foundation. Clean gutters and downspouts! Check your sump pump to be sure it’s working.

Water damage

Inside, check walls for peeling or flaking paint, bowing, dampness or smells. All of this means serious water damage. Water can be coming from the roof or plumbing inside the home. Left alone it can mean mold. Black mold can cause serious health issues. Find the cause of the water and fix it before you have to have mold remediation done.

Inspect your roof at least twice a year

Look for dark spots, dips or bowing. Check wood work for rot, problems with insects and issues around where electric lines, cable lines or other places where holes have been cut to allow access (like chimney pipes, etc.). Check shingles for curling edges, stains, broken or missing shingles. If you see any of this, call a roofing professional immediately. Small problems can be addressed before they become a total roof tear off.

Don’t let small problems become big ones!

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