Home repairs can add value and minimize bigger expenses later

POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 12:15pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 12:19pm

Spring cleaning is just around the corner, and a little checking on your home might stop a big repair bill, especially with your roof.

"Look for loose shingles, look for, check in the attic potentially for any leaks, see if you see leaks through your ceiling, those are all signs you need your roof looked at," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Most roofs last twenty years, but they might just need new weatherproofing or shingles.

While you're outside, inspect walls for holes, to make sure critters can't creep inside.

You might be surprised at how small a space they need.

Back indoors, look for water leaks.

"We usually ignore that leaky faucet but what we don't realize is that adds up to thousands of gallons of water every year," said Hicks.

Check caulking in the shower and fill as needed.

And when it comes to water damage from flooding, think about your sump pump and consider a battery back-up.

"When floods and rains come through, a lot of times it's a thunderstorm and that might throw out your electricity. So you don't want your safety net to not work," Angie Hicks said.

And hire a licensed electrician if you're seeing your lights periodically dim when running a few different appliances at the same time.

This might be a sign that you have an overloaded circuit.

And each spring, service your air conditioning system and change those filters.

It's suggested that you change your air filters monthly or quarterly, depending on the age of your system.

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