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When Your Home Repair Could Use a Pro

Let’s face it: the bathroom could probably use a paint job or the kitchen cabinets might need new handles. Those types of minor repairs can easily be done by yourself with a small budget and spare time, but when it comes to bigger repairs, it could be time to call in a professional contractor. 

Hiring a pro not only makes repair jobs easier to complete, but it’s also safer for you. Also, having a professional contractor on the job will likely ensure a better result than you’d be able to do on your own. And sometimes, it’ll cost you less than a failed DIY. 

Dominion Group Properties shares a few home repair projects that you shouldn’t attempt without the help of a pro.

Major Renovations

Feeling inspired by the renos you see on TV? While each episode might show a house almost entirely demolished and rebuilt in a single half hour episode, rest assured that they have entirely pro teams tackling each detail, and the compressed version of events only hits the highlights of months of work. 

Problems

Issues like removing support walls, moving plumbing, moving wiring, shifting driveways, and changing airflow are just a few of the issues that complicate big renovations.

Fixes

If you’re thinking about a major renovation, even if you can take on many details yourself, Dumpsters.com gives some guidance regarding whether to hire an architect, a designer, or a draftsman - or when it’s likely safe to try the renovation yourself

You may be able to DIY smaller areas of the renovation, like painting or hardware replacement. And if you have specific skills in welding or soldering, put those to use. Welding Logic is a free resource that offers great tips and tricks for upping your welding game.

When it comes to searching for a professional to do the work on, for example, fence installation or gutter cleaning, use an online services portal to research local service providers. Companies that are worth their salt will have positive ratings and reviews, but don’t be shy about asking for additional referrals.

Roofing

A roof that’s in need of repair often doesn’t present any problems until you notice a ceiling leak. Leaks are one of many roofing problems, and the others could go unnoticed until the damage is done because they may not show any obvious signs.

Problems

Roof damage can be caused by cracked flashing, damaged shingles, rotting from clogged gutters, deterioration from shrinkage, tree branch damage, holes from wildlife, cold weather damage from ice and wind, or simply poor installation.

Fixes

A roofer might be able to patch up your roof or replace some shingles for $300 to $1,200, but serious damage may require a roof replacement that costs thousands. It’s essential that you find a reputable contractor for the job. If a full roof replacement is required, and your budget doesn’t have room for that expense, consider refinancing your home. 

Search online to learn how to refinance a mortgage and look for tips from companies that are well reviewed. Depending on how much you need to cash out and what the current rates are, refinancing might get you the cash you need and lower your monthly mortgage payments. 

Plumbing

Plumbing issues in a household can arise at any time, causing inconveniences and headaches for the homeowners. Older homes are prone to more problems, but any plumbing system can be affected by roots and clogs.

Problems

Some of the most common plumbing problems include leaky pipes, clogged drains, low water pressure, and running toilets. Older homes may even have clay pipes that allow for roots to penetrate the porous surface and cause more damage. 

Fixes

Each problem has its own unique solution, but it's best to call an experienced plumber to diagnose and fix the issue to prevent further damage. Regular maintenance can help prevent these problems from happening in the first place, saving homeowners from the hassle and expense of repairs.

Pest Control

Unless your house is new, you will likely encounter some type of pests. Cracks in the exterior allow these little bugs in, and once they find a comfortable home inside your walls, it’s difficult to remove them without professional extermination.

Problems 

Out of all the common pests that take residence inside of homes, termites are perhaps the most damaging. Termites eat the wood in the walls and floors of your house, as well as your furniture. Over time, the structure begins to crumble as the termite population grows in size and continues to feast on the beams. 

Fixes

Termites can become winged and unwinged, so know what to look for in your home. If you spot a termite (or a swarm in warmer months) or feel hollowed-out wood on the wall and floor surfaces, then it’s time to call pest control to handle the matter. The price will vary depending on whether you need spot treatment or fumigation with tenting. Terminix points out that the average cost to control or inspect for termites is usually between $400–$1,500

HVAC

HVAC systems maintain the quality of your indoor air. Because indoor air quality can have a direct effect on your health, it’s important to have a functional system even if your house never gets cold enough to require a heater or hot enough to require an air conditioner.

Problems 

HVAC systems occasionally malfunction or fail over time. The damage could be in the compressor, condensor coil, drain line, refrigerant, furnace ignitor, blower motor, heat exchanger, gas valve, and more. An HVAC repair could also include replacing air filters to ensure cleaner indoor air through the filtration of toxins.

Fixes

Replacing, repairing, or flushing a part of your heating and cooling system could cost from $100 to several thousand dollars, depending on what needs to be done

Homeowners Insurance and Warranties

Homeowners are often confused about the difference between their insurance coverage and home warranty. So, you’re not alone if you’re asking “what is a home warranty?” These different protections give peace of mind by covering the cost of many common home repairs. Homeowners insurance protects your structure, and normally comes through for you when you experience a weather event or similar hiccup. But what exactly does a home warranty cover? It's important to explore what a home warranty covers before deciding to invest in one. 

Typically, home warranties cover major home systems such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. Additionally, some warranties may cover appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators. By knowing what is covered under a home warranty, homeowners can make an informed decision and ensure they have the coverage they need to protect their home and wallet. 

Be Wise with Your Home-Related Investments

Home ownership is a give-and-take process with finances. The take is that you’ll save money by paying a mortgage instead of rent, and every dollar you spend will go back into the investment you’ve made. The give is that you’ll need to put money into improving and maintaining your home. While hiring a professional costs more than a DIY project, you get what you pay for in the end: a job well done.