Prioritizing Household Repairs

With any home improvement project comes a desire to do a fantastic job, save money, and get it done quickly. With home repairs stacking up for many homeowners it’s hard to prioritize and start on their seemingly endless list of “things to do around the home.”

When it comes to DIY or buying a home you’re interested in, I suggest the following “flow of action” to my clients:

1.) Foundation
2.) Roof
3.) Septic Lines/Tanks
4.) Chimney (if you have one)

Now I put foundation first because it’s the stability for the rest of the home and more often than not, problems that are over looked in the basement can cause problems in the rest of the floors, walls, and ceilings and yes, even the roof. Once the basement and foundation are taken care of, having the roof inspected and or updated is a suggestion. Not all roofs have to be updated, but it’s a good idea, just like with the basement, to hire a keen eye to inspect and make recommendations. You might be lucky and still have another glorious 5-20 years on your roof that you currently own.

Most homes today have septic lines that connect to town or city sewage lines. A quick call to a plumber or a check in with your town hall can uncover any previous problems with your septic situation. Doing this could keep your system updated, cleaned and causing less of an odor problem. Having a clear septic line can keep the line clear, flowing, and prevent any back ups into the home.

If you have a chimney, re-pointing the bricks and mortar can save costly repairs down the road. Maintaining the stability of a very tall, heavy pile of bricks is essential for future landscaping projects (I don’t know about you, but having 2 tons of bricks fall on me, isn’t my idea of fun.) More often than not chimneys are some how connected to or resting on the foundation of the home. Which is why, again, I always recommend starting home improvements in the basement.

Once you’ve tackled the safety and stability of your home then all the other projects on your list can be tackled in groups or one by one. Updates and renovations are fun, but if you’re planning on putting money into your home focus down onto the basics and reestablish stability and safety first.