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Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice

    9 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

    There are a few home repairs that shouldn’t be put off any longer than absolutely necessary. They may start out small, but they could cause extensive damage if left too long.

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    Today, I’d like to talk briefly about some home repairs that shouldn’t be delayed. Let’s jump right in!

        1. Water Leaks: Leaking water can cause serious and expensive damage to your home. If you see any water in your home, get it corrected by a plumber or handyman as soon as possible.
        2. Caulking: Always check your home’s caulking, around windows, tubs, etc. and make sure it’s applied correctly.
        3. Painting: Painting is probably the most important improvement you can make to your home. It’s also the easiest and most inexpensive. Make sure not only to apply new paint, but also to remove old, peeling, and damaged paint.
        4. Drainage Problems: Clogged or leaking drainage can cause water to pool, which will cause extensive (and expensive!) damage to your foundations. The longer you wait to address your home’s drainage problems, the more time and money you are likely to spend.
        5. Pests: It goes without saying that you and your family should be the only ones living in your house! Birds or bats in the attic, mice in the basement, termites in the wood—all of these critters will devalue your home and cause expensive damage if not taken care of as soon as possible.
        6. Roof Repairs: A leaky roof can lead to big problems, such as structural damage, mold, loss of personal property, and more. Address roof problems as soon as you find them, and you will save yourself a ton of cash.
        7. Chimney Sweeping: You can put off a lot of cleaning tasks, but chimney cleaning isn’t one of them. Hire a professional chimney sweep once a year to make sure your chimney is free of creosote, bird nests, and other flammables.
        8. Change Your HVAC Filter: Dirty air filters cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should and run up your utility bills. Extend the life of your HVAC unit and save money by replacing your filter once a month. Just $3 a month can save you thousands.
        9. Clean Your Dryer Vent: You probably clean the lint trap regularly, but what about the dryer vent? If it’s been over a year since you last cleaned it, now is the time. Too much buildup can lead to a fire.

    “The longer you wait to address your home’s drainage problems, the more time and money you are likely to spend.”

    If you have any questions or need referrals to take care of these repairs, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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