Problem Solving 5 Common Home Issues

Remodeling can be fun. Planning new spaces and improvements with an eye towards taking your home from good to great is always a thrill. But there’s a darker side to the home improvement game. All homes come with their fair share of problems that their owners must address, even if no renovations were being planned. Here’s some quick advice on how to deal with some of the most common home issues you may encounter while owning a home.

1. Landscaping

Let’s start with an easy one. Landscaping is often seen as a superfluous activity, typically aimed at “keeping up with the Jones” or preparing to sell your house. However, any experienced homeowner knows that at least some parts of the landscaping game aren’t voluntary options. In fact, they’re regular chores, and if left unattended, they can lead to all sorts of problems.

Fortunately, even if you’re not the outdoorsy type, landscaping concerns can be easily solved with a little forethought. The simple activity of splitting the year into four seasons and then organizing what activities are required in each season can help to keep your current landscaping needs on your radar. In addition, coming up with priorities can help you maintain your yard without spending forty hours a week outside taking care of it.

Finally, there are ways around some of the most labor-intensive items. For instance, consider hiring a lawn care service to mow for you or use a calculated layer of mulch in order to keep the weeds in your garden at a minimum and revitalize the soil beneath.

2. Keeping the Lights On

Electrical issues rank as one of the top concerns of most homeowners. Particularly if you have an older home, worries about dated cords, overblown circuits, and malfunctioning electrical boxes are always a concern. First and foremost, it’s important to take the time to understand the warning signs of an electrical issue. Things like regularly tripping breakers, flickering lights, and arcing electricity when using plugs can all be signs of more serious problems.

If this happens, there are a couple of options. If you’re handy, it’s possible to make minor fixes on your own. For instance, a loose outlet can be easily tightened or even swapped out for a new one that you can get for a few bucks at the store.

However, if the issue is bigger or, even worse, impossible to properly diagnose, you’ll want to hire a professional for your own safety, as well as those living in your home. Just make sure to ask the right questionswhen vetting who will do the work on your house. Are they properly licensed? How experienced are they? Do they have a warranty or guarantee for their work? Make sure you trust whoever you hire.

3. Getting a New Roof

There are a number of signs to look for in order to figure out when you need a new roof. If you see that your shingles are curling up on their edges, spot water leaks, or your roof is simply over 20 years old, chances are you need to replace it.

Once again, if you’re handy, you can replace the entire thing yourself. However, even if you don’t want to take on the project, you can still help reduce the cost by tearing off the old one yourself before the professionals arrive to install a new one. Another option is to consider metal roofing, as the overall costs have become extremely affordable, all things considered, and they last much longer than asphalt ones.

4. Dealing With Pests

Discovering pests is a normal part of owning a house, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get rid of them. Fortunately, there are fairly simple ways to resolve most pest-related issues. There are the obvious ones, like setting traps for mice and snakes. However, you may find that you’re dealing with a more serious infestation at times.

Cockroaches, for instance, can appear even in fairly clean homes. You can deal with them by making sure you don’t leave food exposed or any moist areas for them to congregate in. Serious wasp and hornet infestations are another common issue. They can be resolved by hitting the nest with a dose of Sevin Dust when they’re quiet at night. For bees, it’s best to have a bee removal service come to relocate the hive to another location — with the dwindling population of bees, try to save the nests in this way when you can.

5. Considering Finances

Finally, it’s important to take the time to financially prepare for the problems of owning a home. Simply put, maintenance is a normal part of the cost of homeownership. Whether you’re taking on a monster project like redoing the roof or you’re simply mowing the lawn or dealing with a nest of yellow jackets, it’s important to budget the costs of homeownership into your finances.

You don’t need to save $10,000 up-front. However, having a substantial amount of cash set aside for maintenance issues or hiring contractors can take the edge off of the expense when a problem arises.

Remember, You’re Not Alone

While there are many, many other problems that can arise in a home, the important thing is to stay calm and collected as you search for a unique solution to each one. Panicking will only lead to hasty decisions and wasted money.

Research your options, consider what time and money you have available to invest in the situation, and then commit to a solution. And remember, you’re not alone. Every homeowner is dealing with the same maintenance and repair issues; it’s simply part of life for those blessed with being able to own their own home.

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