A worker inspecting insulation in a building

Anyone who owns a house has probably experienced the harrowing moment when they first notice a leaky roof, broken windows, or other deficiencies in their home. And while there is some cost-benefit analysis that should be done before fixing any of these problems, it is always true that the longer you wait to fix them, the worse you are. Here are important home repairs to keep up on that you should consider getting done.

1. Roofing

It is important to keep up with the repairs of your roof. It keeps you out of the rain and snow and provides the insulation you want. But beyond that, it keeps you safe because a roof in disrepair is much more likely to be weak enough to cause serious damage when a storm hits. This means that your ceiling could collapse on top of you, or worse, your roof could blow off during a storm, causing serious damage, injury, or even death if people are inside at the time.  If you notice anything amiss with your roofing, definitely get it checked out.

2. Electrical Repairs

The same thing goes for your electrical system. If your breaker box has been sitting for a long time, or if there’s a leak you haven’t noticed nearby, the system could be compromised and start to overload, or worse, the wires could come loose and arc, causing fires. Even if your breaker box is relatively new,  it’s still important to make sure to have it inspected from time to time. Consider hiring an electrician to come out and check on the system every year or two to ensure it’s still in good working order.

3. Furnace Repairs

Especially in the winter, your furnace is one of the most important parts of your home. In many cases, a furnace can fall into disrepair for several years before it starts truly failing. If you notice your unit is not working properly, even after replacing the filters and cleaning everything, it might be time to call a professional.

4. Plumbing Repairs

These may seem like an odd fix to put on the list, but plumbing problems are some of the biggest sources of problems in any household. One leak or burst pipe can ruin thousands of dollars worth of property or injure someone. This is why it is important to make sure that you have your plumbing system checked regularly. If something isn’t right, then you want to be able to repair it before there’s a problem.

There are many things to consider when looking for home repairs to keep up with, but with this list, you should have a better idea of what’s most important. Take the time to talk with your family and ensure that you are all on the same page regarding what problems may arise and how they will be dealt with. And remember, all repairs can wait until tomorrow if they have to, but safety is never something you should sacrifice.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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