Buying a new home is always an exciting time in life. Going from home to home looking for just the right home can be fun and exhausting all at once. It doesn’t matter how hard you look there will never be a home to purchase that doesn’t need some type of repair work done. Sticking it though will give you your home of your dreams. Every new home comes with its challenges. There are always things that will need to be repaired and renovated. The age of the home influences what will need to be repaired. There are strengths and weaknesses in the construction of homes each decade. In general, there are five repairs that almost every home needs to be done.
- Wiring – Every decade has improvements that need to be made to keep the wiring up to code. The age of the home will have the biggest effect on the condition of the wiring. It is very important to ensure that the wiring can withstand the amount of voltage that will ran through it. Properly insulated wiring prevents power outages and fires. Verifying the lifespan of the wiring and the electrical panel is crucial. Outdated wiring is prone to causing power outages, shocks, and catching fire.
- Water Damage – There are many aspects of a home that can lead to water damage. A few of the common aspects that are responsible are the roof, the gutters, stucco, siding, and downspouts. These areas need to be checked to for existing water damage as well as to ensure there are no issues that will lead to future water damage.
- Heating and Cooling – There are a few factors that can lead to issues with the temperature and drafts in a home. The amount of or if there is any installation in the home makes a huge difference in the temperature and in the cost of the heating bill. The installation keeps the heat and cold from escaping through the walls. Proper ventilation and installation will prevent temperature fluctuations. The condition of the heating and cooling system influences the temperature of the house. The age of the system can affect how the system runs based on if the system has been kept in good repair.
- Mold – Mold is a very serious issue to look for. Small amounts of mold can be found in every home. Mold can not only be bad for your home but it can be dangerous to the health of the home owners. Those with asthma, the very young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk. Beyond the health risk, there is the damage that mold causes to the house itself. Mold will eat away at the surfaces that it is attached to. Unchecked mold infestations can cause structural problems and render a home temporarily or permanently uninhabitable.
- Windows – The windows of a house can affect multiple aspects of a home. Windows that do not seal properly creates a draft that will affect the heating and cooling cost. This will also cause moisture to accumulate on the windows. This moisture often leads to mold which is another issue that can cause structural problems.
After spending a good amount of money on the house, it is a good idea to do all you can to save money on your repairs without skimping on quality. One of the best ways to save money is to go online and search for discounts and coupons. There are websites such as Groupon.com where you can find discounts codes and coupons for an enormous number of businesses. These discounts are for online and physical stores. Now that the repairs are completed it is time to move into your new home.