When you have a home or are planning to buy a fixer upper, there are several home improvements that will need quite a bit of capital. So before you decide on taking on any of these, let’s discuss a few of them so you can be informed well. We’ll take on different types of repairs and what some preventive measures you can do to help put off extensive issues.
1.) Roof Repairs
When homes age, the roof will become highly susceptible to leaks, rotting, and other issues. Lost shingles and spot leaks can be easily remedied for a few hundred dollars. However, if the damage is extensive and doing the repairs by yourself can be dangerous–it is in the best interest of the homeowner to have the entire roof replaced. This could hit hit you somewhere between $3,500-$13,000 in addition to the cost of the removal of the old material and fixing any damage to the interior before putting in the new roof.
Before your roof gets to that point, it’s best to do some regular maintenance. Climb up at least twice a year to check everything out and clean out your gutters. Keep an eagle eye out for any missing shingles, tears, or other signs of damage. If you have an unfinished attic, do make it a habit to inspect the wood panels directly under the roof for any signs of water seepage like bubbled paint or stains on the walls.
2.) Replacing the HVAC Unit
HVAC systems are the source of comfort to sweltering heats and freezing days. If you’re not careful, they’ll end up standing for “here’s my Visa and cash”. Missing out on any maintenance can end up with costly repairs, or worse, replacement of your HVAC unit. A unit can hit you from between $1,500-$2,500.
Conducting maintenance on your HVAC units at least every six months is a good way to spot any issues before they get worse. If you haven’t the foggiest idea of what to look out for, you can always bring in a helpful pro to give you a rundown of what to look out for while simultaneously doing the job this time around. Pay close attention to the checklist that they’ll have which may include lubricating all the moving parts, clearing out the condensate drain in the AC, etc. Not only will these parts help lengthen the life of your HVAC unit, you’ll also be increasing its efficiency. Keep a mind on your HVAC’s air filter–you’ll want to replace that every 90 days or more frequently if you have pets or have allergies.
3,) Replacing a Deck
Who doesn’t love a beautiful wooden deck? It’s aesthetically pleasing and the perfect place for family gatherings. However, if you fall behind in your maintenance, your lovely deck can be subject to rot or old age and can fall apart on you. In our experience, the cost of maintaining a deck rings you at a low cost of $150 a year. Replacing it will hit you for a staggering $7,000-$15,000 and this still depends on the material of your deck and where you are.
One of the best things you can do to keep your deck healthy is to keep it clean. When it’s spring, sweep away all the leaves and twigs from between the floorboards and scrub down the surface with a trusty deck cleaning solution. Once it’s dry you can finish up with a wood stain finish to keep the color alive or go straight for a sealant to keep out any moisture out.
At least once a year, conduct a full inspection for any sign of rot. Make use of a tool to gently prod and lift spots. It is the trade knowledge that if you can push a screwdriver more than 1/4 of an inch into your wooden deck, you have rot. If something seems to be nagging you, call in a carpenter to lend his professional eyes and give you his diagnosis.