Most Common House Problems

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As a homeowner, there are some maintenance tasks that will be unavoidable. Experts recommend taking a proactive approach so that you can save on repairs. There are those homeowners that will call for help whenever there is an issue. This shouldn’t be the case as there are some maintenance aspects you can handle if you have the right tools that are highlighted on reviewbrewery.com. There are some common house problems that you need to be aware of and how to overcome them.

Not Budgeting Enough For Home Maintenance

There will always be maintenance issues in a home after a while. That is why it is recommended that you have a budget set aside for maintenance of the home. It should be noted that quality home maintenance costs money and you need to have money if you’re to avoid expensive repairs and replacements in the future. The rule of thumb is to set aside 1% of the value of the home for maintenance. That means if your home costs $250,000 you should set aside $2,500 for the maintenance on a yearly basis. The age and the condition of the house could skew the percentage. Old houses require more maintenance work compared to new ones.

Not Having a Warranty

If you’re buying the house through a lender, you will be required to have homeowners insurance. Even if you don’t, the lender will take it on your behalf and charge you extra. To avoid such a scenario, you should make sure that there is a home warranty that will cover the majority of appliances in a home. The insurance will cover both the structure and the damage. You don’t have to worry when there are punctures to the roof due to a storm because the insurance company will sort it out.

Ignoring Minor Issues

Most of the major issues in a home will start as minor. Most homeowners will be tempted to ignore the small problems, especially when they have a lot going through their heads. The peeling paint in the bathroom could lead to the growth of mold and mildew if it is ignored for a long time. The small leaks in the plumbing might result in a complete overhaul if you wait until it is too late.

Attempting DIY

If you’re not sure of what you’re doing, attempting DIY repairs will be a bad idea. DIY should be on maintenance aspects that are not that problematic. You can watch hundreds of videos but still fail to come up with a fix. You might end up making the problems worse and you will still need to call a professional to fix the problem. The four common maintenance tasks in which DIY is highly discouraged include:

  •   Roofing
  •   Foundational
  •   Electrical
  •   Plumbing

The contractors that do the repairs are professional and highly trained and skilled to do the job. They’ve been doing it for a long time and will have the experience needed to do the job. You might be putting yourself at risk when you decide to do the repairs on your own.

Not Following a Maintenance Schedule

There are homeowners that don’t have any maintenance schedule in the first place. This means there are no preventive mechanisms in place to avoid problems from happening. There are also those that will have a maintenance schedule but fail to follow it to the letter. You should set aside a day in a month for the inspection of the whole property. You’re able to discover potential problems early before they get out of hand. The biggest mistake when it comes to a maintenance schedule is not to have homeowners’ insurance.

Structural Damages

This is a problem that you’re likely to get with old homes. It is crucial to know the age of the home so that you’re aware of the maintenance work that is needed. For an old home, you’re likely to experience problems with the wiring system. Depending on the age of the home, you could be forced to place a new roof as repairs won’t be as effective if you’re dealing with the same problem persistently. There is a DIY inspection list you could use to check out your old home. You can also let a professional inspector help with the process so that you’re aware of the common problems that you could be facing.

Hiring a Professional

You will have to call a contractor once in a while for the various maintenance tasks. Make sure you’re doing research before you settle on any particular provider so that you’re not dealing with shoddy workmanship.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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