Regular home maintenance is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner to limit, and in some cases prevent, the number of expensive home repairs you have to make to keep your home in tip-top shape. For example, taking the time today to apply sealant to your cracked driveway could buy you several years of quality use before you have to repave it entirely.
According to the website How Stuff Works, you can delay the most costly home repairs with a little do-it-yourself TLC. In their article, 10 Home Repairs That Can Seriously Break the Bank, they not only share the home repairs with the highest price tag but also the maintenance tips you can perform to keep from depleting your rainy day fund.
Foundation Repairs: Fixing a weak foundation can cost you anywhere from $10,000 to $40,000, but it can be avoided with careful gutter maintenance and groundwater removal.
Fixing the Roof: Replacing your entire roof can cost $3,000 on the low end and $12,000 or more on the high end not including the cost to remove your old roof and repair any interior damage to your home.
Siding Replacement: On average, HomeAdvisor estimates it costs $10,000 to replace the siding for the entire square footage of your house.
Replacing an HVAC Unit: While a gas furnace may only run you $1,000 to $2,000 from Home Depot, the cost to have a professional install it is between $4,000 and $8,000.
Repairing a Broken Water or Sewer Line: With a cost of less than $2,000, the expense of repairing or replacing a broken water or sewage line is not that scary. However, the cleanup from the water or sewage mess likely will be.
Replacing a Deck: Maintaining your deck will run you less than $100 a year, but replacing one that you’ve let get run down will set you back $7,000 to $10,000.
Replacing a Septic System: Digging up a failed septic system to install a new one could cost you between $2,000 and $15,000.
Repaving a Driveway: On average, a shiny new driveway will run you $5,000, but that doesn’t include the expense of digging up and hauling away your existing driveway.
Fixing Damage from Fire or Smoke: Fortunately, your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover most of the cost repair fire or smoke damage to your home, but some simple maintenance could prevent the devastation altogether.
Repairing Damage from a Fallen Tree: Fallen limbs from an old, large tree could create tens of thousands of dollars in repairs to your home or vehicle.
To learn about the simple DIY steps you can take to keep these 10 expenses from breaking your bank, read the entire article here.
If you have concerns about the current state of your home’s gutters, siding, windows or roof, the experts at Baltic Home Improvements can help. Contact us today to learn more.