Tips on Which Repairs Are a Must

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Cabinet doors that don’t shut completely? A floor board in your living room that won’t stop squeaking? Kitchen walls that haven’t been painted in a decade? These are home repairs that you can put off if money’s tight.

But a leaking toilet, electric outlets that make clicking noises or damaged roofs? These are repairs that homeowners need to take on immediately, no matter how strained their budgets might be.

Karen Clark, home risk management analyst, said homeowners can make this decision an easier one by remembering a simple truth: They should tackle any repairs that involve safety or water issues immediately.

“We work with insurance companies, and they want to make sure that homes are well-maintained and safe,” Clark says. “That means making sure that stair railings are safe and that water leaks are taken care off. Even a small leak can turn into something major. Water is not good. It not only causes immediate damage, but it causes mold, too.”

Fred Cann, owner of Jr’s Solutions, a home-repair and spot-building company in South Huntington, N.J., says that homeowners need to consider the long-term effect of not taking on a specific repair. Ignoring a closet door that’s off its hinges won’t have any future financial ramifications. Ignoring a leak in your roof, though, could result in a repair bill that grows larger the longer homeowners wait to address it.

“Water is one of the biggest demons to any home,” Cann says. “Water can destroy your home. It can lift up your driveway. It can freeze and crack something. It can lift up the corners of your roof.”

David Myrick, owner of Springfield, Va.-based Valor Cleaning, says that consumers should also tackle safety issues as soon as they discover them. Waiting to take on these repairs until more money comes into the household can lead not only to bigger costs but to a potential loss of life.

Myrick points to electrical outlets that occasionally make loud clicking sounds or are frequently hot to the touch. Each of these clicks is actually a small spark that could cause an electrical fire inside a home’s wall.

Plumbing leaks may not seem like life-or-death matters. But they can impact homeowners’ health, Myrick says. Those that are inside a home’s walls can not only damage a home, they can cause an outbreak of mold, which can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

Tags: home repairs, safety, health