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10 Minor Home Repairs You Need To Make Today Before Things Get Way Worse

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

Keeping up with all the things that need to be done around the house on a daily basis can be exhausting enough.

Between the cleaning, cooking, organizing, laundry, and general running of the home, getting to the handiwork that needs to be done seems entirely daunting.

However, having to deal with a big disaster as a result of letting a small problem get larger over time is even more of a fiasco. That’s why it’s simply much more cost effective and less stressful to deal with the tiny things right away.

While it might feel like you’re taking time to fix these 10 problem areas that don’t seem to need it yet, your future self will thank you for the week you didn’t have to spend rebuilding your ceiling after a major leak upstairs.

What other preemptive fixes do you suggest people make? Please SHARE with family and friends on Facebook so that they can save themselves a lot of trouble later on!

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1. Minor Masonry Problems

1. Minor Masonry Problems

If any part of your home is made of brick or stone, keep a close eye out for small cracks, and get to grouting when you find them. Small cracks lead to larger ones, which can eventually lead to the whole structure toppling down. Catch those cracks early!

2. Cracking Driveways

2. Cracking Driveways

It might not seem so bad if you spot a little crack here and there, but water can get in there, freeze, expand, and make the cracks way worse. Patch them up before your driveway starts to turn into little islands of asphalt.

3. Wonky Sliding Doors

3. Wonky Sliding Doors

If you’re having trouble opening your sliding door, grease it up or adjust the tracking right away. It is surprisingly common for these doors to become permanently jammed if a small problem is left unaddressed.

4. Fraying Carpets

4. Fraying Carpets

To prevent long, unsightly runs, snip those small frays when you first see them.

5. Loose Deck Railings

5. Loose Deck Railings

Secure those wiggly railings before someone in your family goes to lean on the ledge and ends up taking a nasty spill.

6. Deteriorating Caulk

6. Deteriorating Caulk

If you let the caulk peel away or deteriorate from your tubs, showers, and sinks, you can have some serious water damage on your hands. It’s much easier to re-caulk your kitchen or bathroom than it is to repair a leaky ceiling.

7. Clogged Gutters

7. Clogged Gutters

Clean your gutters from leaves and debris, or else you can have serious problems when winter rolls around. Water that can’t drain will turn into ice, weighing down the gutters and potentially tearing them away from your home.

8. Mysterious Water Marks

8. Mysterious Water Marks

If you’re noticing patches of water stain on your ceiling, you could be dealing with something much more serious than condensation. If you can’t identify a simple fix, like a leaky pipe in the floor above, it’s time to get a professional into your home.

9. Worn Hardwood Floors

9. Worn Hardwood Floors

Every hardwood floor gets a little wear and tear from a family living in the home. However, you should be sure to give them a light sanding and re-finishing whenever you start to notice the scratches accumulating. Before you know it, your floors could be completely destroyed if you don’t.

10. Leaky Faucets

10. Leaky Faucets

Small leaks don’t seem like too much of a bother, but the leak will only get worse and harder to fix if you don’t address it quickly, before you have to shell out tons of cash for a plumber.

Will you take a quick survey of your house now that you’ve seen this list? Please SHARE with family and friends so that they can save on home repairs, too.