How Do You Know Your Home Needs Improvement?
Your home reflects you and your family, but it may be time for a change. If your house needs improvement, make the most of it. Here are some signs that your home needs some home improvement:
Termites or Other Pests
Insects can damage wood structures over time, so if you see insects in your home, take action right away by calling an exterminator. In addition to killing termite colonies and preventing infestations from spreading further into the structure, professional extermination also prevents any potentially dangerous mold growth resulting from water-damaged wood. Infestation and damage will not always be visible because they can occur underneath flooring and inside walls.
Leaky Plumbing or Electrical Problems
Do you find yourself replacing light bulbs often? Is there water damage in some of your rooms? These are warning signs that you need to call an electrician or plumbing contractor. You should also get on top of any needed repairs instead of putting them off because it will cost you more in the long run if they must be done later on.
If your energy bills seem unusually high, look for places where cool air is escaping, and warm air is entering the house. Look at areas around windows and doors and pipes through exterior walls, chimneys, flues, and ventilation systems.
Tiles can become brittle due to exposure to the sun and other elements. This makes them easy breaking points if anything is dropped or someone trips and falls. If tiles are loose, this indicates that they should be replaced.
If you have porous stone surfaces like granite or marble, water can damage them over time. It becomes pitted and cracked as the stone is exposed to heat, humidity, and other elements. The best course of action would be to hire a professional for repairs before replacing entire areas at huge expense.
Change in Your Home’s Smell
If you start smelling odors coming from inside your walls or floors, there is mold growing somewhere within the structure of your house. This is not the type of problem that will go away on its own. You must call an exterminator.
If you notice that your hardwood floor is buckling, it's a sign that the subflooring underneath has warped and may need to be replaced. This can lead to other problems such as cracks in the walls and uneven door sills that cause tripping hazards, so call a contractor right away if you see signs of this.
If your door jams have not been fixed for many years, it might be too late because all the sagging cannot be fixed anymore. The best option is to add a doorway arch so no more sagging will happen in the future. It would also give your doors a brand-new look which is much better than fixing them.
If you are thinking of selling your house, it is a good time to critically look at its condition and decide what can be done to improve it. Every little bit helps when negotiating the contract and moving is very expensive.