Home Repairs: 5 Ways to Prioritize Your Homes Fix-it List

Anyone who owns or is leasing their home has something broken. But how do you budget these fixes? Newman Crane understands the upkeep of your home may be exhausting, especially in Orlando, Florida. We thought it would be useful to provide some tips to help prioritize your home repairs.

Emergencies aside, the project that could cause the most damage and expense if left unfixed is the priority. Below, the order in which to tackle your biggest repair needs.

1. Electrical system

Wiring problems claim the No. 1 spot for good reason: They can lead to fires and electrocution. Newman Crane strongly suggests hiring a professional for any electrical work.

Danger signs: Circuit breakers that trip frequently, lights that dim when you turn on the vacuum or outlets that are loose, hot, or accept only two-prong plugs.

How to check: Have a licensed electrician open up your main panel to tighten any loose connections.

Replacement cost: $4,000 to $12,000 to rewire the house.

Prolong its life: Once a year, flip every circuit breaker to prevent corrosion.

2. Basement

As the foundation of your home, Structural problems downstairs mean problems upstairs

Danger signs: Look for bowed or split beams, rotted posts, sawdust (evidence of termites)

How to check: A contractor will usually take a look free of charge. If he recommends significant repairs, hire a home inspection engineer (find one at nabie.org) to investigate ($350 to $500).

Replacement cost: Foundation work can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. To replace posts or beams, they could run anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.

Prolong its life: Water is the cause of cracked concrete, rotten timbers and wood-eating pests. So keep your basement dry by making sure the landscape slopes away from the house.

Tip- For quick tips on how to get rid of termites, please check out this informative guide.

3. Roof

A leaking roof can lead to multiple issues: rot, insects, electrical shorts and mold.

Danger signs: Dampness or stains on ceilings; curling, missing, or broken shingles; mold

How to check: Hire a roofer for inspection.

Replacement cost: $5,000 to $15,000

Prolong its life: Prune tree limbs to let moisture evaporate quickly after storms. Replace shingles that blow off, and repair small leaks promptly.

4. Gutters

Examine your gutters.

Danger signs: Damaged or disconnected gutters, pooled water around your home’s foundation.

How to check: Watch the gutter during a rain storm or spray water from your hose into the gutters.

Replacement cost: $1,000 to $3,000

Prolong its life: Have a gutter company clean, check, and repair your gutters ($100 to $200) at least once a year.

5. Exterior walls

Most people don’t realize this, but outdoor paint is different from indoor paint. Outdoor paint has a weather-tight seal, which stops water from infiltrating the siding, causing rot and attracting wood-damaging insects.

Danger signs: Peeling, cracking or blistering paint.

Replacement cost: $4,000 to $10,000

Prolong its life: Hire a professional to touch up once a year. Eliminate any mildew growth with a bleach-and-water solution.

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