Some home problems are easy and cheap to fix. For example, cracking paint or a broken window can be fixed, a flickering light might just need some rewiring, and if you have bed bugs or catch termites early enough, you may just need a one-time fumigation. However, when problems become structural or dangerous for the inhabitant, they can become costly burdens that need to fixed as quickly as possible.
6 Major Home Issues That Need To Be Fixed
- Problems With The Foundation: There are several warning signs that you have foundation troubles. A tiny amount of unevenness in walls and ceilings is normal as a house settles, but sudden changes can be a sign of something bigger. If a door suddenly jams or doesn’t latch, cracks appear in tile, vinyl flooring, or walls, and windows no longer open easily or close completely. On the outside of your home and in your basement, you can use a level to check for leaning or bulging walls, physical cracks in the concrete foundation, water damage, or sagging floors. A home inspector will be able to tell you if you have a problem with your foundation or if these problems are caused by some other force. Foundation repairs usually cost around $10,000, but can cost over $40,000 if the problem has been ignored for too long.
- Mold: A mold infestation can cause serious health issues for the home’s inhabitants, and can grow pretty much anywhere. Mold especially likes plywood, drywall, carpet, carpet padding, and the interior of walls – essentially your entire home is mold’s favorite place, and if not taken care of, it will feel like the mold is eating away at your wallet as well. The average cost of mold removal is over $2000, and that is just to remove the mold. You also need to find the source of moisture and repair that as well, or risk having mold come right back.
- Pipes: If your pipes spit out rusty water or have little water pressure, you might need to replace your pipes. It is possible your home even has lead pipes that can poison you and your family and need to be immediately taken care of. Replacing pipes in your home can cost up to $4,000, and depending on the reason for replacing, might be necessary and need to be performed quickly.
- Termites: Often times, you don’t find termites until it’s too late and structural damage has been done. Structural damage is the biggest cost associated with termite damage as they literally eat your home’s structure, but they can also cause cosmetic damage. It is estimated that the average cost of repairing structural termite damage is about $3,000, and cosmetic damage can run around $2,000.
- Asbestos Removal: Asbestosis is a mineral that was once used as insulation in homes, and removing it is incredibly dangerous to do yourself due to the damaging effects it can have if inhaled, including cancer. Professional asbestos removal will cost about $2,500, and can cost more or less depending on how much needs to be removed. Like mold, asbestos needs to be removed as quickly as possible.
- Bad Roof: Once a roof starts to go it’s gone. Your roof won’t magically get better – even if you don’t notice any leaks during the dry season. Repairing a roof might cost only a few hundred dollars, but eventually a roof will give out completely and become a hazard. On average, a full roof replacement costs about $8,000, but can cost up to $30,000 depending on the size and material.
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