Ignoring Home Repairs Can Be Costly

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Lemont IL home repairs are nothing to scoff at.  Ignoring them could cost you.  Lemont IL real estate agent Chris Budz.

A leak in the roof can be a real pain in the neck, and catching puddles in pots and pans might seem like a smarter idea for your piggy bank now, than completely re-roofing the house.  However, take a look at the potentially sky-high costs of ignoring repairs as opposed to facing problems head-on with long-term solutions.  The results may surprise you.ignoring home repairs can cost you lemont il real estate tips

Fire Hazards

Out-of-date electrical systems

Quick fix: Install curcuit interrupters – $125/each

Long-term: Professionally upgrade electrical wireing – $446

Faulty outlets or appliances wiring

Quick fix: Install surge protectors – $50/each

Long-term: Rewire and/or replace outlets – $94/each

Smokey Chimney

Quick fix: Clean chimney and fireplace regularly – $0

Long-term: Hire professional chimney sweeping service – $127

Average cost of damage: $31,762

Estimated cost of prevention: $842

Water Damage

Broken pipes and appliance failures

Quick fix: Replace failed supply hoses with PVC pipes – $20

Long-term: Install steel braided hoses on appliances – $100

Overloaded rain gutters

Quick fix: Clean your gutters – $0

Long-term: Get gutters cleaned professionally – $175

Rampant tree roots

Quick fix: Use drain treatments to stunt growth near pipes – $20

Long-term: Professionally remove tree stumps – $236

Average cost of damage: $6,965

Estimated cost of prevention: $551

Bodily Injury

Loose tiles, bricks, or other issues

Quick fix: Use industrial glue to secure tiles – $5

Long-term: Professional repair and replacement – $129

Pool, trampoline, or dangerous dog

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Quick fix: Buy a pool cover and remove trampoline – $30

Long-term: Install fence around pool or dog area – $592

Unsafe driveway or yard

Quick fix: Sweep driveway and remove debris from yard – $0

Long-term: Professionally repair driveway – $240

Average cost of damage: $18,351

Estimated cost of prevention: $996

Risk of Crime

Protect valuables and belongings

Quick fix: Lock sliding doors with wooden dowel or pole – $5

Long-term: Install a professional home security system – $778

Broken or cracked windows

Quick fix: Repair broken window and clean up – $164

Long-term: Window replacement and installation – $323

Securing exterior of home

Quick fix: Professional hedge trimming – $99

Long-term: Install motion lights around your home – $150/each

Average cost of damage: 3,231

Estimated cost of prevention: $1,519

Weather Damage

Wind damaged roof shingles

Quick fix: Regularly inspect roof for loose shingles – $0

Long-term: Have roof professionally inspected – $184

Tree branch and hailstone damage

Quick fix: Repair or replace damaged shingles – $197

Long-term: Professional tree trimming – $257

Ice build-up / leaky roof

Quick fix: Weather strip home exterior to prevent leaks – $169

Long-term: Install attic insulation and venting – $379

Average cost of damage: $6,476

Estimated cost of prevention: $1,186

Trust your Realtor, your home will get sold soon. Good Luck !

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