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Home Repairs You Shouldn't Put Off

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Trying to figure out where to direct your limited home repair dollars? These are the repairs that you shouldn't put off:

Caulking

Caulk
Photo &copy Flickr user Crown_Molding

Caulk doesn't cost much, but it does an important job: keeping water out of places that it shouldn't be. Inspect your shower, tub and around all windows and doors on a regular basis for places that need to be recaulked. Then, get on it right away (fixing water damage costs a lot more):

Cleaning Your Dryer Vent

Washer and Dryer
Photo &copy Flickr user somegeekintn

You probably clean your dryer's lint trap regularly, but when's the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent? If it's been more than a year, it's time to get to it. Too much build up can lead to a fire (yikes!):

Roof Repairs

Roof
Photo &copy Flickr user Elsie_esq

A leaky roof can lead to big problems – structural damage, mold, loss of personal property. It's nothing to mess with. Address roof leaks as soon as you discover them, and you'll save yourself a ton of cash:

Chimney Sweeping

Chimney
Photo &copy Flickr user Aak_Ook
You can put off a lot of cleaning tasks, but chimney cleaning isn't one of them. Hire a professional chimney sweep once a year to make sure your chimney is free of creosote, bird nests and other flammables.

Change Your HVAC Filter

Furnace
Photo &copy Flickr user joannapoe

Dirty air filters cause your HVAC system to work harder than it should and run up your utility bills. Extend the life of your HVAC unit (and keep more cash in your pocket) by replacing your filter once a month. Just $3 a month could save you thousands.

Pest Problems

Termite Damage
Photo &copy Flickr user kellyv

Termites, carpenters ants, roaches, rodents – if they've taken up residence in your home, the time to deal with them is now. Waiting will only lead to more costly treatments and further damage to your home:

A Plumbing Leak

Water Leak
Photo &copy Flickr user noii's

Big leak, small leak, any type of leak can do big damage to your home. Address all plumbing problems as soon as they arise. Then, learn how to keep your plumbing in tip top shape, so you have fewer problems going forward:

Peeling Paint

Peeling Paint
Photo &copy Flickr user Marni

Fresh paint makes your house look nice, but it serves a more important purpose: keeping your house dry and rot-free. If the paint on your home is peeling off, it's time to go after it with a scraper and a paint can:

Note: If your home was built before 1978, you need to have your home tested for lead, before you do any scraping.

Drainage Problems

Clogged Gutter
Photo &copy Flickr user Shes_Not_There

Clogged gutters, downspouts that don't direct away from the house, improper grading – there are lots of things that can lead to drainage problems around your house, and all of them put your home's foundation at risk and invite water indoors. Now (not later) is time to tackle those rainwater woes:

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