Potential Problems to Fix to Avoid Major House Repairs

Potential Problems to Fix to Avoid Major House Repairs

Your home is likely your biggest investment and nobody wants to deal with major house repairs when protecting that investment.

Whether your home was recently built or has stood the test of time, a little preventative home maintenance can save you money in the long run.


1.) Roof/Loose Shingles

When composition/asphalt shingles are loose, shingles are missing, or materials are damaged; could lead to moisture seeping into your attic or ceiling crawlspace. If ignored, these could lead to wood rot or mold and require expensive repairs. There’s a reason that roofing professionals often suggest you inspect your roof a couple times per year as part of your routine home maintenance. You may also have a roof warranty that would cover the yearly maintenance.

2.) Foundation 

If you have basement walls or floors that have cracks that allow water to seep in every time it rains, you may have a problem with your foundation that can lead to major repairs. When water pools around your foundation, the soil can shift around your house and cause your foundation to move and crack. This weakens your structure and can allow water into your home. If you notice vertical cracks or your walls “weeping” after it rains, you may want to call a licensed contractor who focuses on foundation repairs. Structural home repairs can be quite costly if left untreated.

3.) Broken or Leaky Pipes 

If you notice that your water pressure is weaker than normal, or you see pools of water under the sink, you may be dealing with a leaky pipe. Over time, older pipes can corrode and crack, causing you to need major house repairs. This could lead to flooding and issues with drywall, flooring, insulation and more if the problem isn’t addressed. A safe bet is to contact a licensed plumber for assistance.

4.) Electrical Systems

Do your lights often flicker? Do you often blow fuses? If you answered yes, you may be drawing too much power through an outdated wiring system. Faulty or overworked electrical systems cause many home fires every year. Contact a licensed electrician who will be able to run a series of tests and possibly help you upgrade your home electrical panel.

5.) Trees/Landscaping

Do you have older trees or bushes on your property? They may be beautiful, but they can cause major problems. If you hear branches brushing against your walls or roof during a storm, it may cause severe property damage. Trim excess weight off trees/bushes and any other vegetation to keep off the exterior of your home. If branches are located near power lines, you may want to contact a professional tree-trimmer or landscaper.

6.) Windows 

Do you feel a draft when you sit next to a window? This may be costing you money. Newer, energy-efficient windows will help cut your utility costs. By installing new, properly sealed windows, homeowners can prevent heat loss during the winter months and keep cool air inside during the summer. This could even be a simple repair of having your windows resealed.

7.) Pooling Water/Gutters

Does water collect near your home’s foundation after a heavy rain or snow? The problem may be your gutters. Gutters and downspouts are designed to guide water away from your home but clogged gutters can have the opposite effect, eventually leading to a major repair. To allow proper water flow; Inspect and clean gutters twice a year and remove dead leaves and any obstructions.

8.) Heating and Cooling

Regular maintenance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is crucial for preventing breakdowns and costly repairs. Replacing air filters regularly, cleaning ducts, and scheduling professional inspections can help identify and address any issues before they escalate.

9.) Pest

Termites, rodents, and other pests can cause extensive damage to a home if left unchecked. Regular pest inspections and taking preventive measures such as sealing entry points and addressing moisture issues can help prevent infestations.


Stay proactive and address potential problems as soon as they arise to avoid more significant home repairs. If you know what to look for, you can save yourself thousands of dollars in home repairs by doing preventative maintenance. For all real estate related questions contact Jeanette and The Raver Team at 505-250-5799 or 505-554-2213

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