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10 [Costly] Mistakes That Could Be Destroying Your Home

Whether you’ve just purchased a house or have been a homeowner for decades, there are several common mistakes that homeowners often make. Unfortunately, they can also lead to costly repairs! No need to panic though, just follow the guide below to ensure you don’t make these errors too – #10 may surprise you!

1. Ignoring Your Roof

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Ignoring your roof can be detrimental to your wallet if not taken care of on a regular basis. It’s recommended that homeowners get a roof inspection every few years. A trained professional can spot any damage that may have been done from past storms or wear and tear that comes naturally over time. Schedule a FREE inspection with us today and rest assured that your home stays safe from leaks and other costly damage. 

2. Over-Using Bleach to Clean Your Home

If you rely on bleach to disinfect every nook and cranny, you could be doing more harm than good. Bleach can:

  • Eat through sealant on stone surfaces such as granite.
  • Discolor colored grout and laminate.
  • Cause enamel and acrylic tubs to fade.
  • Dissolve vinyl and linseed-based flooring such as linoleum
  • Corrode seals within the disposal.

Not to mention bleach can fuel the growth of mold on porous and absorbent materials like grout. Yes, whitening grout with bleach can actually create a mold feeding ground. A safer option is to go with a water and vinegar solution for your cleaning jobs. 

3. Having Ivy Climb Your House

Training ivy to scale your home may seem like a scene straight out of an English fairy tale, but it can actually damage your home. It can dig into the siding and if removed, damage the exterior itself. Additionally, the roots of the ivy on siding and shingles can cause cracks in brick and wood, resulting in moisture and insects entering it. These can end up in costly repairs, so maybe just ditch the English cottage dream and avoid ivy on your home altogether. 

4. Not Keeping Gutters Cleaned 

Gutters are extremely important to your home’s well-being. They help control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, landscape, and foundation. But if neglected, unattended gutters can turn into a homeowner’s nightmare. When gutters get clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris, it can result in a leaky roof or water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home. Gunked-up gutters can also breed homes for pests, rodents, mold, and bee infestations. If sand-like granules are found in your gutters, it could mean your roof’s shingles are deteriorating as well. If you notice these granules in your gutters or on your driveway, call us for a free inspection to ensure your roof’s integrity. 

5. Relying on Chemical Drain Cleaners

Avoiding an expensive plumber and just grabbing the cheaper drain cleaning product at the store sure seems tempting. However, the chemicals in those cleaners like hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid can erode your pipes. Mechanical methods like your plunger or a drain snake are not only safer but also more effective. And if that doesn’t get the job done, a plumber is still a better option than a busted pipe, right?

6. Planting Trees Too Close to Anything

A tree root pushing through your driveway, sidewalk, or your home’s foundation sounds like a nightmare, right? That’s why placing trees at an appropriate distance from your property is essential to avoiding costly cracks and damage later on. 

7. Using the Wrong Caulk

Who knew there were all kinds of caulk? There’s bath caulk, concrete caulk, gutter caulk, mortar caulk, and more. Using the wrong kind on your project can end up in damage done due to poor adherence allowing moisture to seep in and wreak havoc. Before grabbing up that caulk, just make sure you’re using the right kind for whatever your project may be. 

8. Over-Sealing Countertops

No need to smother your poor countertops! Applying sealant too frequently can create streaky or cloudy appearances. So how do you know when it’s time to reseal? Try dripping some water on areas you use a lot and see if the water remains beaded after 15 minutes. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time for resealing. Always refer to your manufacturer’s recommendations though because different materials can have different needs. 

9. Piling Firewood Next to Your Exterior Wall

Storing firewood right outside the backdoor can seem like a great idea for easy access, but it can also be an ideal spot for termites to hang out. Placing firewood at least 20 feet from your home’s exterior is a safe distance and hopefully not too far of a walk to fuel your fireplace! 

10. Not Performing Routine Exterior Maintenance

Letting exterior maintenance fall to the wayside can result in costly repairs down the road. Preparing your home for the summer heat can be especially important. If you’ve noticed your energy bills becoming higher than usual, it could mean that your roof isn’t doing its job and could be in need of repairs. Contact us for a free inspection so that we can ensure your roof is ready to handle the summer heat. It could save you lots of time and money in the long run. 

Did any of these surprise you or should any others be added to the list? Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know what you think! 

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Home Improvement Roofing

Planning to Sell Your Home? Reasons to Get a Roof Inspection NOW!

Selling a home is stressful even when everything goes right. There is A LOT of time, energy, paperwork, and emotions that go into it and even small complications can feel like massive burdens. 

So, when homeowners ask us if they should get a roof inspection before they list their home, our answer is always yes! 

Not only does it pay to be safe than sorry, but it can also help prevent issues during the process. Knowledge is power and this is especially true when selling a home, so getting a roof inspection early is just plain smart! Read on to learn the three main ways getting a roof inspection can help you on your home selling journey (#3 may surprise you!).

1. Don’t Let Your Roof Make You Fail Your Home Inspection  

You may already know that an official home inspection will have to be done before you close. Home inspectors are usually third-party companies that are unbiased in the final report. They are also expertly trained to spot problems that could devalue your home or kill the deal entirely – like a bad roof, mold, etc. 

Since you are familiar with your home, there could be issues that you’re not even aware of. That’s why a roof inspection can save you a ton of stress in the long run and help spot any problems before they make it on the final report.

2. Don’t Let Your Roof Devalue Your Home

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential homebuyers. Even worse, a roof in bad shape can lower your home’s overall value. Knowing how much life your roof system has left can help you through the negotiations process should you decide not to replace it.

3. Don’t Let Your Roof Prevent Your Home From Selling Or Slow The Process

If your home has been impacted by hail or severe weather and still has damage, it can throw a wrench into your plans to sell. 

If hail damage makes its way onto the home inspection report you have a few options: 

1. You Ignore It

Many buyers will back out of the sale if you don’t plan to fix the issue. In addition, the majority of insurance companies won’t insure the property for another buyer due to known damage. This is a no-win situation for anyone.

2. File A Claim

In most cases, storm damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance. This is good news because you won’t be out of pocket for a full roof or repairs, but the home sale process will have to be extended.

3. Designate Claim to Buyer

Similar to scenario #2, you file a claim but instead of waiting to get repairs done, you assign the claim benefits to the home buyer. As the seller, you will still be responsible for the deductible, but this puts the responsibility of the work on the new owner. Insurance companies and lenders will not usually allow this. 

The best-case scenario, especially if you have hail damage, is to get a roof inspection now and before you list your home. This way, while you are hunting for new homes, filing paperwork, and getting a loan the work on your roof will be done when you are ready to list. Plus, a new roof adds home value, which could mean a higher listing price. Now that’s a win-win!

 

Have questions or need more information? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 888-242-6831 or use our online contact form to schedule a roof inspection today. 

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Is Your Home Outdated? Here’s How to Tell

If your home is 15 years or older, features that were once “standard” are now turn-offs for potential buyers. If you’re thinking about listing your home, that’s probably not the best news. After all, no homeowner wants to hear their home is “outdated” or the sale price should be lowered.

The good news is making small improvements to your home will not only entice new home buyers, but some projects can increase your home’s value!

So, if you are worried about curb appeal, thinking about selling your home, or are interested in maximizing home value this post is for you! Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • What home features are considered outdated (#2 may surprise you!)
  • Common home features that turn off new homebuyers
  • What you can update to maximize your home’s value

Here are the top 10 home features you should change ASAP if you plan to sell soon

 

1.Popcorn Ceilings

We had to start here. Popcorn, cottage cheese, or textured ceilings were standard 30 years ago, but today they scream HUGE PROJECT to potential home buyers. Textured ceilings add shadows giving the illusion of dark and low ceilings which you don’t want. Not to mention the risk of asbestos. If your home was built before 1979 get the ceiling material tested for asbestos before you do anything.

2. Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling your home. While most people will focus on improving their landscaping, there’s a bigger area you should be concerned about: your roof.

Your roof makes up about 40% of the overall curb appeal of your home. Missing shingles, existing damage, and debris buildup can send a huge red flag to potential homebuyers.

While it may seem like a big expense to get a new roof or fix repairs, doing so before you list your home can get you more money at closing. One study showed that a new roof can increase a home’s overall value by at least $12k.

3. Bathroom Carpet

Bathroom carpets – one of the many great ideas of the ’90s. But carpet is hard to keep clean which makes it a bacterial breeding ground. It can also put your home at risk for mold! Rip up that carpet and lay down easy to clean tile.

4. Laminate / Tile Countertops

Tile countertops are inconvenient, hard to clean, and hard to fix. Laminate countertops can’t handle the heat a kitchen counter should, and it screams the 90’s. Either option signals a remodel for potential buyers – the more work they think they have to do, the more scared they get.

Avoid spooking potential buyers by replacing those outdated countertops with marble, granite, quartz, wood, stainless steel, concrete, or soapstone, depending on your home and the neighborhood.

5. Dated Fixtures & Hardware

Shiny brass or gold hardware will instantly take your buyers back to the 80s. Switching them for more contemporary materials like brushed nickel is a relatively inexpensive way to make your kitchen and bathrooms instantly look more modern. If you decide to make the switch, make sure you cover all your bases, so your house matches throughout. Make sure to check your cabinet hinges and pulls, your door handles, and your lighting fixtures.

6. Storm Damage

So, this one isn’t exactly a flashback home feature, but it is something all sellers should be aware of – exterior storm damage. Why is it such a big deal? In one recent survey, 44% of people said storm damage and costly repairs were their #1 fear in owning a home.

One way to put potential buyer’s minds at ease is to get a professional roof inspection BEFORE you list your home. This way you can have proof that your roof and home are safe!

7. Exterior

New siding ranks as HGTV’s number-one upgrade to add value to a home. Old and faded or cracked siding severely damages curb appeal and lumps a home into the “fixer upper” category. If potential buyers see a damaged and unappealing exterior, they won’t expect much more from the inside. Replacing siding instantly boosts curb appeal. Refreshing the yard with new shrubs and flowers also adds curb appeal and makes the home more marketable.

8. Wallpaper Borders

The ’90s called, and they want their wallpaper back. What was once a very popular design is now officially outdated and for good reason! Eyes are drawn to the difference between the border and wall paint and it makes a room feel smaller. If you have this your home, the good news is it’s not that hard to take down.

9. Paint

A fresh coat of paint can go a long way when selling your home! Not only is it easy to do on a weekend, but it’s also budget-friendly. New paint will add to your home’s value by giving rooms an updated, clean look. Just make sure to choose neutral colors!

10. Energy Savings

If your is at least 20 years old, it may have some energy deficiencies including a lack of insulation, faulty windows, etc. This can scare off younger homebuyers who are most interested in green home improvements and energy costs.

One improvement you can make before you list your home is adding attic insulation. It won’t do anything for a house’s visual appeal, but it does much to improve a home’s energy-efficiency which will please homebuyers. Plus, most projects have a 250% ROI!

 

How many of these features does your home have? Tell us what you think in the comments below or join the conversion on Facebook.