Fall is the time of year when homeowners tackle their home maintenance checklist. It’s important to keep up with those items, like cleaning the gutters, putting away hoses and checking the roof for damage. Yearly maintenance can help prevent costly repairs. The How Stuff Works website takes a look at repairs that can break the bank. Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive work to be done on a house.
- Fixing a Foundation – $10,000 – $40,000
Water can cause major problems for foundations leading to cracks in floors and walls and cause settling. Repairing a busted foundation can cost you thousands. The best way to prevent this repair is to keep water away from the foundation. If you see standing water near your home, use soil to create a slope away from the foundation. Also, clean out those gutters to help water flow freely away from the home.
- Roof Repairs – $3,000 – $12,000
Lost shingles and spot leaks can be fixed for a few hundred dollars, but if you’re facing a whole roof repair, it will be in the thousands. Not to mention, removal of the old roofing materials and any damage to the interior of the home. It’s important to check your roof for missing shingles or any other damage twice a year. You can knock out two tasks at once while cleaning the gutters, check out that roof.
3. Replacing an HVAC unit – $4,000 – $8,000
You can expect to pay quite a bit to replace your entire heating and cooling system, especially when a professional installs the new system. If you have an older system, you can expect the coolant to cost between $300 and $400 to replace. The best way to ensure the longevity of your HVAC is have maintenance performed every six months. Replacing the air filter every 90 days will also help your system run more efficiently.
These are just a few of the costly repairs you could face as a homeowner. You can check out more costs by visiting the How Stuff Works website here. You can also find more fall maintenance ideas by visiting the House Logic website here. If you find yourself in need of repairs and need a vendor recommendation, we can help! Also, if you are ready to sell or buy, give us a call!