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Home Repairs You Can’t Afford to Postpone

Taking care of your home is often one of the most difficult parts of being a homeowner, and understanding what to do when something...

Taking care of your home is often one of the most difficult parts of being a homeowner, and understanding what to do when something goes wrong can be confusing. When you find yourself with a lot on your plate and a long list of home improvement tasks to take on, it’s important to know what to prioritize and what can wait a little longer. While many projects can be kicked down the road a little bit without causing too many problems, some things can’t wait. The reality is that certain types of disrepair can be actively harmful to your safety, in addition to potentially causing more expensive problems in the future. Read on to learn more about three of the home repairs you absolutely can’t afford to postpone.

Roof Repair

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Your roof is definitely one of the repairs that you shouldn’t delay, given how important it is to your home’s structural integrity. Your roof is also your first line of defense when it comes to weather protection, in addition to securing the framework of your house. It stands to reason that you should always take care of it immediately if something should go wrong, like a crack or gutters that are past their sell-by date.

A high-quality roof is durable and can last a long time, decades even, but regular repair and maintenance are required, and should always be done by pros. Minor repairs, like fixing tiles or shingles, are simple enough to handle and don’t cost much, though you should always do it before the issue has the chance to spread. If you notice any kind of leakage or missing roofing material in your home, you should call a specialist to come to take a look at your roof as soon as you’re able to. The investment you make in caring for your roof is much more reasonable than what it would cost to replace it if you allow it to fall into significant disrepair in the long run.

Kitchen Updates

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While interior design choices, like the differences between standard backsplashes and full kitchen backsplashes, can be debated over time, oftentimes repairs need immediate attention and some of the things that can go wrong in the kitchen definitely qualify. Deciding between different tile backsplash options is a matter of taste, just like the choice between granite, quartz, or marble for your countertop surface. In contrast, the repairs that most often need to be prioritized and taken care of right away are the ones that affect your ability to fulfill basic needs and the ones that can cause the most damage to your house.

Kitchen repairs to appliances like stoves, refrigerators, and ovens have to be done quickly to avoid spending weeks on costly take-out or being unable to store food. Any pipe damage or water damage resulting from appliances or sinks has to be taken care of immediately as well, water damage can cause many serious problems both inside and outside your home.

Heating and Cooling Fixes

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It’s easy to overlook how important your HVAC system is to maintaining indoor comfort and safety, but you certainly won’t take AC repair for granted if you find yourself with a broken one. Not only will a broken heating or cooling system make the interior of your house unpleasant, but it can also cause more significant problems. Temperature extremes can create additional moisture inside and can damage some types of housing material by allowing mold or mildew to grow. A minor issue can quickly turn into a major project for a homeowner who doesn’t take care of regular maintenance.

Allowing your system to continue operating if it is partially damaged can also ruin your HVAC system, thus requiring you to replace it. In order to keep your HVAC system running smoothly, make sure you have it inspected at least once a year, and replace it entirely every 10-15 years or so.

Home maintenance can be tricky under the best of circumstances, and it’s easy to spend money on the wrong thing when you’re trying to solve a problem. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to identify issues and find solutions by using the internet to connect to experts in your local area. When you’re making a list of repairs and trying to decide what goes right at the top, focus on the issues that meaningfully affect your day-to-day quality of life, and that have the potential to create even more costly damage in the future. If you, like most homeowners, can’t afford to solve every problem at once, it’s essential that you know which repairs you can’t afford to delay.

Tom Parsons is a contributing writer for Urban Tulsa. He graduated from NYU with a journalism degree, and he currently resides in Tulsa.
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