How to Avoid Expensive Home Repairs.

You may be well aware of the costs of homeownership, including the many possible repair issues that can pop up. Home repairs can often be unpredictable and expensive, causing unnecessary stress.

While you can’t avoid or predict every home repair, regular home maintenance can make a big difference. If you are proactive in the upkeep of your home, it can save you thousands of naira in the long run.

Here are a few preventative tasks that can rescue you from major damage and costly repairs down the line.

 

Roof Repairs

It may seem obvious, but your roof is one of the most important structural components of your home. It’s safe to say that nobody would describe their roof as “inessential.”

Despite this, many people put off hiring a roofer to fix small leaks or loose shingles. Over time, that can lead to mold growth or massive structural damage. By the time this happens, fixing the problem can cost tens of thousands of naira.

To avoid this, inspect your roof (or have a licensed roofer do it) at least twice a year. Look out for things like cracks, missing shingles, bubbled paint, and water stains.

 

Fire Damage

 

Outdated or damaged wiring is another common problem, especially in older homes. If your house is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle modern electrical appliances, such as computers and widescreen TVs.

Older appliances may have faulty cords, receptacles or switches, making them dangerous to use. Always make sure to have outdated and defective appliances replaced or professionally repaired. It’s also important to plug appliances directly into an outlet. Extension cords are not designed for long term use, and this misuse is another cause of fires.

If you’re not sure about the condition of your wiring, don’t hesitate to hire a licensed electrician to inspect your electrical system. And if you don’t have outlets for your appliances in all needed locations, have new ones installed.

 

Foundation Issues

Most people don’t think about their home’s foundation until it cracks, leaks, or bulges. This is a costly mistake that can be avoided if you act to prevent foundation damage before it happens.

The most common cause of foundation problems is water. Look out for water puddling near your foundation after a rainstorm. If you see puddles, you need to find a way to direct the water away from your house. Potential solutions include installing a drain and making sure your yard is properly graded. Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris is the simplest way to keep the water a safe distance away.

And if you do notice any hairline cracks, make sure to have them filled before they become major.

 

Termites

Another issue with leaving cracks and gaps unsealed is that they can become entry points for termites. The longer a termite infestation goes unnoticed, the more expensive it will be to address. If you spot the termites early, you can get rid of them with a spot treatment that costs a few hundreds of naira. If you allow them to spread out, you’ll have to have your home fumigated. This will cost thousands of naira and 3-4 days.

To avoid this, make sure to have cracks sealed and dead trees removed from your property. You may also want to consider an annual termite inspection.

 

Sewer System Backup

When most people think of home plumbing problems, they might imagine a clogged sink or toilet. Unfortunately, plumbing issues can become much more urgent and expensive than a simple clog, especially in older homes.

Without regular maintenance, your home’s entire sewer system can become backed up. This messy problem costs over N30,000 to remedy.

Luckily, there are simple and inexpensive ways to maintain your home’s plumbing and keep your sewer system from clogging. The easiest way to keep your drains free and clear is to use an enzyme cleaner once a month.

Tree roots are the leading cause of clogged sewers, so it’s best to keep trees and bushes away from your sewer line. Tree roots cause clogs by growing into the pipes. They can also strangle and destroy your pipes if the problem is unaddressed.

 

While home maintenance may seem like another unwanted expense, avoiding it can be much more expensive in the long run. Once these preventative tasks become routine, you won’t have to worry about larger, unexpected repairs and unnecessary damage to your home.

Still not sure what you need to do to maintain your home, or when to do it? Wesabi will be rolling out a maintenance plan with scheduling and email reminders for Clients soon!

 

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