What are the two biggest things on most homeowners’ minds?

Reducing costs and protecting the value of their home. Pretty obvious, right? Well, ways of achieving those goals might not be so obvious.

The following are five pretty easy tips on maintaining and updating homes with inexpensive fixes, provided by HouseMaster, one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America. And they can all be completed for under $25 and can save homeowners thousands down the road.



1. Be aware of termite or carpenter ant damage.

Homeowners who diligently check their property and foundation can alleviate serious termite or carpenter ant problems. Before selling or purchasing a home look closely for any signs such as “mud tubes” or wood damage. Also, moving wood piles and debris away from the home can eliminate termite or carpenter ant problems.

 

2. When it rains, it pours.

One of the most common places for water damage is in a bathroom. When grout breaks down water can easily get behind the tiles and cause them to come loose. An easy solution to this is to regrout, caulk and use sealant on bathroom tile and surrounding fixtures. In other cases, where water penetration is affecting the foundation of a house, a splash box is a cost-efficient solution to direct water away from the foundation.

3. Clean the gutters.

Stained siding under a gutter indicates overflowing, which can cause structural damage. In addition, overgrown vegetation on gutters can cause clogging or potential termite issues. Trimming vegetation away from the house and cleaning gutters offers many advantages and minimizes the risk for potential costly repairs in the future.



4. Replace rusting roof flashings
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Flashings deteriorate over time and can allow water penetration, resulting in expensive damage to the underlying roof structure. For under $25 replace roof flashings or apply sealant to the problem area.

5. Seal your deck.

If not properly maintained decks are very susceptible to the effects of weather exposure. Once wood becomes rotted it is more likely to be infested by termites, carpenter ants, etc. Purchase deck sealant at an inexpensive price to seal your deck and prevent future damage.



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