When you move from a studio apartment to a single family home, it’s nice to leave behind the irritating woes of paying rent every month and dealing with broken fixtures your landlord refuses to fix. That said, you’ll have to deal with a whole new set of issues your landlord handled before when it comes to your new house.
But what are these issues, and how can you expect to address them?
Well, we’re glad you asked. With this guide on the repairs you can expect from owning a single family home, you’ll know how to handle any problem that comes your way! So without further ado, let’s jump into things!
One of the main home maintenance costs you can expect is handling repairs that come up from the environment your house resides in. Houses in areas with strong cold fronts will have to deal with issues like frozen pipes and hail damage more often, while houses in warmer climates get struck with increased mildew growth and rainstorm damage. If these cause cracks or leaks in your roof, you’ll need to bring in some roofing companies to help fix the damage.
You’ll also want to note what geographical features surround your house. For example, houses with creeks or rivers next to them require some way to protect them from flooding.
Another repair you’ll need to handle concerns the wiring and other electrical features of your house. Older houses lack grounding for their wires, meaning you need to get an electrician to ground them or risk getting a nasty shock. Wires will also wear out or get frayed within the walls, meaning you’ll need to go in and swap in new ones.
In some cases, the breaker will even get stuck and keep reverting to off no matter what you do. In this case, you’ll need to call in help to restore power to your home. The basic appliances
Mind the Water Heater
If you were stuck with ice-cold water in an apartment, the responsibility was on the landlord to get the heat back. When it’s your house, however, the responsibility falls to you. As parts deteriorate over time, you’ll want to do routine inspections to make sure everything’s good to go.
Plumbing and Pipe Issues
Did something rupture one of the pipes in your home and now you can’t get running water into your house? You’re on the hook to get those pipes up and running again. You’ll also want to swap out galvanized pipes in older homes, as their zinc layering disintegrates away due to the minerals in tap water, increasing the chance of leakage.
Windows and Doors
Finally, you’re responsible for handling the costs of any shattered windows or broken doors your home incurs. You’ll also have to pay for any reinforced window shielding you want to get to reduce the chance of window damage.
Keep Your Single Family Home Safe
So, now that you know more about the repair costs associated with a single family home, you’re ready to keep your new home safe from threats! And if you want more information on making sure your home never falls into disrepair, make sure to check out the other articles on our blog!