Any homeowner can tell you that owning a house can be expensive when things go wrong. Plumbing, electrical, roofing, and other problems can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars in repair bills. Making matters worse, for most homeowners delaying repairs is not an option. An unchecked water leak can quickly spiral into a multitude of other issues, including mold and structural damage. Therefore, it is essential to have all home repairs fixed as soon as possible.
If you are a homeowner, you most definitely want to avoid expensive repairs that break the bank. Let’s take a look at the top three most costly home repairs and what you can do to make sure they’re never needed.
Whenever any contractor mentions the word “foundation,” you can be sure the bill will be pricey. Issues with a home’s foundation will probably cost a minimum of $10,000 to fix and can go as high as $50,000 or more. The repair bill is high because it is a lot of work. Making these repairs requires a lot of digging, sealing, and re-adjusting. It requires a lot of skill and knowledge.
Water damage is the most significant source of foundation issues. Clogged downspouts and gutters make the rain fall too close to the foundation. The water collects and seeps into the foundation through cracks. That water damage accumulates and needs repair eventually.
To prevent this damage, clean all downspouts and gutters regularly. If you want to be extra safe, add downspout extensions to move rainwater further away from your house. These extensions will reduce the risk of having issues even more.
In many climates, HVAC units are very high-powered and very expensive. Keeping the temperature of an average house lower in 90 or 100-degree weather takes an incredible amount of energy. When these units die, they are usually at least $2,000 or more to buy. However, they can be $5,000 or more once you pay for installation. It’s not a cheap bill.
The best way to avoid these issues is to have proper yearly maintenance performed. Have a qualified HVAC technician come out every year to take a look at your air conditioner and your furnace. They can ensure the units are running optimally and perform any preventative maintenance to avoid a major issue with the system later.
Damaged trees can cause tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of damage if they’re big enough, and they fall on the right spot. They can collapse the entire roof, damage walls, and even cause damage to your vehicle. Damage from these trees can be severe and will happen in the blink of an eye.
Much like with HVAC issues, the best way to avoid this damage is prevention. Have your trees regularly inspected. Call in a professional tree pruning service to make sure that the tree appears healthy and in good shape. If they suggest cutting branches, have them do so immediately. If you delay and a massive wind storm happens, it could be costly. Fix tree issues ASAP!
Prevention is the best way to avoid costly repairs. While freak accidents do occur, often with foundation, HVAC, and tree damage, relatively inexpensive preventative measures can avoid a catastrophically large repair bill. Each of these areas of your house can have a $10,000 or more repair bill. Yet the preventative maintenance for each of these areas might be a few hundred dollars a year at most.
If you have a home that has costly repairs and would like to sell your property instead of performing those fixes, give Beau Maison Homes LLC a call at 832-463-1925. We will be happy to place an offer on your home, no matter what the condition of it is!