Whether you’re a long time homeowner, new owner, or a buyer, there are important home repairs that should never be ignored. Letting these issues get out of hand can lead to extremely expensive fixes down the road or even put your family’s health and safety and risk.
1. According to a past article in Consumer Reports Magazine (CR), the first home improvement red flag to look for is runaway rainwater that can cause serious foundation problems and water damage. “Check the entire gutter system seasonally for proper pitch and for clogs, corrosion, broken fasteners, and separation between connections and where gutters meet the fascia board.” Additionally, the soil around the perimeter of your home needs to be sloped away from the house.
2. Next, you need to check the roof and siding for signs of aging or damage. In addition to looking for the obvious like water stained siding and damaged shingles, you should also “check flashing around chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys, and the rubber boots around vents for cracks.” If you’re uncomfortable at heights, hire a roofing contractor or a siding contractor who can come assess your home for you and make recommendations.
3. Pest infestations by termites, carpenter ants and rodents can cause serious destruction in a very short amount of time. If you aren’t sure how to tell if your house is infested or if you need help eradicating them, call in a local pest removal expert.
4. Mold and mildew can occur in any home where “even small amounts of water trapped in the structure to condense on colder interior surfaces,” say the experts at CR. Not only can mold and mildew cause damage, mold in the home can seriously compromise your health so be sure to address it quickly.
5. The final red flag noted in the CR article is the presence of foundation cracks. Be on the lookout for expanding cracks, “horizontal cracks or bulging or buckling,” as they will need to be checked out by a structural engineer
If your home is showing some of these red flags, address these repairs now rather than later. There may be more glamorous or enjoyable home improvement projects that you can think of doing, but tackling these big five first is in your best interest.