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Putting Off Remodeling May Cost You More in the Long Run

Updated on May 2, 2011

Home improvements and home repairs can quickly add up to a big bill. Knowing this, many homeowners put off making repairs or home improvements for as long as possible. Unfortunately, this may cause more harm than good. When you put off repairs, especially certain home repairs, it can cause additional damage—additional damage that causes an increase in the cost. Learn how to consider which home repairs you should bite the bullet on paying for now, so that it costs you less money in the long run.

Pay Attention to Home Repairs

Roof repairs are one of the primary home improvements you should focus on paying for now. The roof of your home is one of the most important parts of the structure. Primarily, this is because the roof protects the rest of the home from the weather and other external elements. The roof may be an obvious repair, but so is the caulking in your bathroom.

The caulking in the bathroom prevents water from seeping into the walls and settling underneath the bath tub. If your caulking is old and worn or not properly applied, you may end up paying for mold removal, wall replacement and even replacing the floor that sustain water damage from the leaking tub.

Flooring

When flooring material is not properly installed, this too can cause problems in the short-term and the long-run. After spending thousands of dollars on having a floor installed, the last thing you want to do is have to spend thousands of dollars more to repair the problem.

The best way to avoid a flooring issue is to do it right the first time. You may not have control over this if you are not the one who installs the floor in the first place. If you do have control, however, make sure that you are hiring a floor installer that has experience installing the material you are installing. For example, hire a marble installer for marble flooring or a tile installer for tile flooring.

Believe it or not, different materials require different installation processes. So, you want the person installing your floor material to know precisely how to install it right. The biggest mistake that homeowners can make is to buy really expensive flooring material and then skimp on paying an installer to install the flooring properly. Paying $5 a square foot for flooring material and the hiring an installer solely based on the fact that they provided the lowest installation cost is equivalent to taking your Ferrari to Jiffy Lube for an oil change.

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