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Most expensive home repairs and how to prevent them

Most expensive home repairs and how to prevent them

Prevention is better than cure and Home Depot knows this better than most. For decades Home Depot has been advising customers on how to maintain their homes properly and show them how to save money without cutting corners. We Are Coupons helps homeowners save money on maintenance when shopping online with a Home Depot Money Saving Coupon. But how does one get the message home that home maintenance is so valuable? Easy, you show them what a lack of maintenance can cost. So, with that in mind here are some of the most expensive repairs can be saved with some simple home maintenance.

Foundation Damage – up to $12,000

When cracks appear in your walls, door frames and windows don’t fit or slide properly the chances of having some foundation damage are quite high. The repairs for foundation damage are also high and can cost anywhere from $500 to $12,000 and in come cases much more depending on the size of the property.

The maintenance to prevent foundation damage is minimal and costs very little.  The first tip is to use soaker hoses during extended dry periods to stop the foundations drying out. Then, in wet weather and winter make sure there is plenty of drainage, this often means checking the slope of the soil away from the house. Yes, it really is this easy.

Roof Repair – up to $6,000

Roof repair, unless storm damaged, is a very unnecessary repair yet one that can cost at least $6,000 for a replacement roof. Damage to a roof is easy to spot and is often first noticed  through leaks or even broken shingles in the yard below. A damaged roof can cause electrical short circuits and is quite dangerous, all things considered. Roof damage is surprisingly common and one of the most popular insurance claims and yet roof damage, no matter how small is easy to prevent.

The maintenance needed to prevent roof damage is also very easy with minimal cost. A regular inspection of your roof from a ladder and climbing into a loft space is often all that is needed. Any damaged shingles or fittings can be easily be replaced.  It makes sense to have a roof inspection every few years for total peace of mind.

Water Heater Damage -  up to $1,000

When your water heater starts making strange noises and the hot water is a delightful orange brown color your water heater is damaged. Sometimes this is due to nothing but old age but more often due to a lack of a basic maintenance. A damaged water heater can lead to bigger problems such as flooding and should be addressed quickly.

Amazingly, water heater damage can be easily avoided with little or no cost. Old water heaters should ideally be replaced anyway but maintaining any water heater is really easy. The first thing to do is check your valve pressure regularly and secondly you simply need to flush the heater. It really can be that simple.




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