5 Common and Costly Homeowner Mistakes

Owning a home is a great accomplishment, but it can also be a hassle with unexpected issues that can cause major damage. Knowing these simple maintenance habits can help save you a headache and money.

  1. Do not ignore the signs

Ignoring signs such as a crack on your wall or floor can signal an even greater problem like a slab leak. Pay attention to these indicators and repair or inspect quickly to avoid expensive repairs.

2. Looking thoroughly at your home

Not visiting unused areas of your home such as the attic, storage or basement can lead to discovering some damage that may have been prevented if noticed early. Make a habit to inspect these rooms.

3. Appliance maintenance

An easy way to avoid costly claims is to schedule annual cleanings for any appliances that contain vents or coils. These appliances are typically used the most such as your dryer or refrigerator.

4. Neglecting basic systems

One of the most common mistakes is not servicing low-maintenance appliances like central cooling units or HVAC systems that require a tune-up from time to time.

5. Not paying for home warranty or insurance

Despite your best efforts, your air conditioner will need repair and your pipes may need to be replaced. Keeping up with your policies that protect your home and understanding your coverages is one of the best precautions anyone can take.

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