If you’re a homeowner, you dread things going wrong. When you’re renting, it’s inconvenient to have no heating for a week and disconcerting to have a leak in the bathroom. But you don’t have to fear the cost of the repair bill. As soon as you swap from renting to owning, the prospect of a hefty, unexpected bill coming through the door is a real worry. One minute you’ll be fine, the next you’ll be raiding the savings tin to pay for a new roof or a replacement radiator. Often, when it comes to home repairs, it’s best to adopt the mantra short-term pain, long-term gain. It almost always pays to nip problems in the bud. Although you’ll have to stomach the cost now, it will save you in the long-run. If you’re a homeowner, here are some examples of maintenance jobs you won’t want to ignore.

Heating Issues

Have you noticed that your furnace is making strange noises? Do your radiators seem to have a mind of their own? Is the hot water a bit of a lottery? If so, this may indicate that your water heater isn’t functioning quite as it should be. You don’t want to be without heating or hot water, especially in the winter months, and it’s usually better for your bank balance to act swiftly. Call out an engineer and ask them to have a look at the unit and give it the once over. If there are problems, it may be possible to replace parts. If there’s a major issue, and the heater is old, it may make more sense to invest in a new one. If you are buying a new water heater, make sure you read up on warranties and investigate service and maintenance plans. You can often add a plan, which will cover the cost of any repairs. If you do this, you’ll be paying a small monthly fee, which is much more manageable than a lump sum that comes like a bolt out of the blue.

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Roof Repairs

Have you spotted loose tiles on your roof? Are you worried that the winter weather has taken its toll? If your home has been battered by hailstones or high winds, it’s advisable to contact a storm damage repair company. There may be no visible signs of damage, but what’s lurking beneath may be a concern. Trained specialists know what they’re looking for, and they can offer solutions, which will save you spending more further down the line. If the roof has been damaged, you could end up with leaks, damp patches, and even structural problems.

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Pest Control

Pests can be a real problem for homeowners. Termites are particularly bothersome, as they can cause extensive damage, which is very expensive to repair. If you spot potential signs of a termite infestation, call in the experts as soon as possible. An inspection may cost you around $60, but it could save you thousands.

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As a homeowner, you may dread the day when you have to fork out for maintenance jobs and repair work. However, often, it’s best to act quickly to prevent further expenditure. It can be tempting to bury your hand in the sand and hope that problems go away, but if you spot signs of any of these issues, it’s wise to address them without delay.

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