Planning Home Repairs Throughout the Year

home-repairsHome repairs are a source of distress for many homeowners, especially those who live in colder areas of the country, but they don't have to be. From fire damage restoration to routine maintenance, a little planning goes a long way towards keeping repair costs manageable throughout the year.

Develop a Game Plan

If you have had your home inspected only to discover the need for multiple repairs, it helps to develop a strategy for dealing with each one. Breaking down repair costs can help you manage your finances and time more effectively throughout the repair process. First, you should determine which repairs need to be done immediately and which ones can wait. Next, you can begin tackling either the most or least expensive projects on your list. Roof repairs are generally the costliest, followed closely by air conditioner and furnace repairs.

Act Preventively

The best way to manage fire damage restoration costs is to prevent them. A chimney fire is a common cause of smoke and fire damage, and accumulated debris is the most likely culprit. You can drastically reduce your chances of dealing with a chimney fire by having your chimney cleaned of debris and dust regularly to prevent flammable buildup. Leaders in Disaster Restoration provide routine chimney maintenance as well as restoration services after a fire has occurred.

Consider Replacing Old Systems

No homeowner wants to spend thousands of dollars replacing an old HVAC system, but doing so before it fails allows you more time to budget and plan. It helps to factor new equipment costs into your annual budget to prevent surprise replacements down the line. This also allows you to work with a contractor to determine which replacement system is best for your home's specific needs.

Don't Ignore Small Problems

With the exception of repairs related to weather damage, all home maintenance issues began as small problems. From a minor leak in your roof to a dripping pipe in the basement, it's easy to make the mistake of overlooking small issues. What starts as a simple problem that could easily be fixed for a few hundred dollars can quickly escalate into a large-scale repair that costs tens of thousands. Roof damage in particular can quickly escalate during the colder months of the year, so it is important to stay current on home inspections and fix small issues as they arise.

Keep Track of Energy Usage

Monitoring your monthly electric and water bills is often the best way to plan your home repairs. If you find your energy bill increasing steadily from one year to the next, you can start tucking money away for the inevitable repair or replacement. Call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 for more information on planning your home repairs. Whether you have a minor issue that you would like to have addressed sooner rather than later or a full-scale restoration on your hands, we will work with you to create a manageable action plan and deliver the highest quality of service.
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