Prepare Now to Save Time Later: 5 Essential Home Repairs You Need to Make


Regular home maintenance is an important task that can save time and money in the long run. Taking action to prevent damages or repairs will always be a more cost-effective choice than waiting until the problems become out of hand. Homeowners should inspect their house at least twice a year to look for repairs that could be easily fixed on their own. A few basic DIY home repairs can prevent future headaches, save time, and money from costly professional repairs. This article will explore 5 areas in every home that should be repaired or inspected now to save time later.

Caulk and Grout
Caulk and grout in the bathroom need to be inspected twice yearly since they are susceptible to water damage. Damaged, bubbled and dirty caulking can cause water to leak into wall and floor materials. This will damage drywall and wood, producing rot, mildew, and mold. Replacing caulk and grout is a simple and inexpensive DIY home repair. First, scrape up the existing material and discard it, then clean the area with a bleach and water solution and let it dry before applying new water-resistant silicone. Missing or crumbling grout should be removed and replaced with pre-mixed grout compound which should be applied and smoothed to blend in with the existing grout.

Prepare Now to Save Time Later: 5 Essential Home Repairs You Need to Make

Stair Railings
Stair railings are subject to a lot of stress and should be inspected for structural damage such as missing or loose posts. To repair, first tighten up the newel posts (vertical posts at the top and bottom of the stairs) with lag screws. Depending on the post, one or two lag screws may be necessary for a secure fit. Then, cap the screws with a 1-inch dowel and stain the area to match the rest of the railing. Lastly, inspect the rest of the railing and tow or replace any loose posts before using the stairs.


Prepare Now to Save Time Later: 5 Essential Home Repairs You Need to Make

Gutters should be cleaned out in the fall and inspected for loose connections, anchors, and leaks. Leaves and debris should be removed with a garden trowel and the gutters may be blown out, as long as they are dry. After all debris has been removed, use a garden hose to run water through gutters to locate any leaks. Small leaks can be fixed with sealant, while larger leaks will likely require replacing the gutter section.

Trim Trees
Limbs that have grown overhanging roof lines, decks, and windows should be trimmed back regularly to prevent potential storm damage. Trimming these branches will also prevent mold and algae from growing on the roof. Smaller limbs should be cut with a pole saw, while larger limbs should be left for an arborist. Additionally, debris should be removed from the roof and any areas covered with algae or mold should be power washed with a bleach solution.

Prepare Now to Save Time Later: 5 Essential Home Repairs You Need to Make

Exterior Paint
Damage to exterior door frames, windows sills, and other horizontal surfaces should be looked for each year. Blisters, cracks, or missing paint should be removed, sanded and re-painted with a mildew-resistant finish. This will keep water from seeping into raw wood and causing rot. Applying the same paint color should be fairly simple and should be done in one coat.

Doing small DIY repairs around the house can save time and money in the long run. Regularly inspecting and maintaining the caulk and grout, stair railing, gutters, trimming trees, and exterior paint can all prevent future costly repairs. A little attention to these 5 areas now can save time and money later.

  • January 16, 2020