Why do people buy a home? Are the motivations the same for families with small children vs. retirees vs. millennials.Know your motivation. This will help you stay on track with
Letting small home cleanup and repair projects go too long can lead to a big price to pay. Spring is the perfect time to give your home a checkup. Here are some high-priority projects you shouldn't delay:
Fix indoor plumbing leaks. Simply tightening valves to eliminate drips can save you up to 10 percent on your water bill.
Repair kitchen and bathroom caulk. Caulk prevents water from getting behind fixtures and tile work and causing structural damage and mold. Stripping and replacing dry, cracking or mildewed caulking is an inexpensive job requiring few tools and materials.
Clear clogged rain gutters. Gutters redirect water away from the foundation to prevent it from deteriorating. Clogged gutters can allow water to seep under roofing shingles and siding and into interior spaces.
Inspect roof tiles and shingles. Check for cracking, curling or missing shingles as well as cracks in the flashing around chimneys, skylights, roof valleys and vent boots. Roofing over 20 years old may need replacing.
Check for bugs. Termites leave rotted wood around the sill plate on top of the foundation. Carpenter ants leave piles of sawdust along interior baseboards. Infestations should be treated before they get out of hand.
Fill foundation cracks. Hairline cracks and fissures can be filled with epoxy injection systems available at local hardware retailers. Larger concrete cracks or signs of walls bulging and buckling may indicate foundation problems that potentially compromise the structure. Get an opinion from a structural engineer if there are any areas of concern.
Sniff out mold. Musty odors and dank air coming from ventilation areas could mean the system is compromised, which will require professional assistance. If you find small outbreaks early (for instance, in damp areas like bathroom ceilings), you can try to clear them with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water. Wear an N-95 disposable respirator, goggles and gloves to be safe.
These tips can help preserve your house investment and help you avoid big home repair bills down the road!
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