almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some
home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling
the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a
thatís precisely the kind of job you need to invest in
occasionally, if you want to keep your home in good
to that reality, and hoping to inspire homeowners to
plan any necessary maintenance theyíve been putting
off, my team compiled a list of dull but important home
Gutter cleaning. This involves ladders and getting your
hands (and everything else) dirty with leaves and other
gunk. Itís unpleasant, especially if you do it
yourself, but youíll have a bigger and more costly
problem to deal with if clogged gutters and downspouts
cause water damage outside and inside your home. Of
course, you can always decide to hire a reputable gutter
cleaner or handyman for the job.
Window installation. Replacement windows can set you
back thousands of dollars and even though they make your
home more comfortable, reduce energy usage and are
easier to clean than old-style windows, itís likely
the neighbors will look right through your efforts.
Foundation repair. Who wouldnít rather spend money on
new furniture instead of on a fix for fissures or cracks
in basement walls? But ignoring wall cracks, separations
and crumbling concrete wonít sit well if you want your
homeís basement, crawl space or slab to properly
support your house.
Removing mold. Mold can cause serious respiratory
problems. Make sure to hire a reputable company to
inspect for mold and to remove it. Donít just paint
Toilet repair. Resist the temptation to close the lid on
those icky issues. If a plunger wonít take care of a
clog, or youíre unable to take care of a perpetually
running toilet yourself, contact a reputable plumber.
Insulation. Itís easy for the insides of your attic
and walls to be out of sight, out of mind. But itís
important to invest in insulation if you want to be
comfortable at home and wise about your energy spending.
Sump pump. Failing to maintain your sump pump and backup
battery could lead to many more dollars eventually
draining from your bank account.
Wiring. Modernizing an aging electrical system costs
thousands of dollars, and all that work will end up
hidden behind walls. However, youíll probably sleep
better knowing you have a decreased risk of fire from
Septic tank pumping. Pros recommend doing this every
three to five years to prevent a backup. Youíd
probably rather spend your money on a weekend getaway,
but youíll breathe easier knowing youíre keeping a
smelly situation from bubbling up.
Replacing the sewer line. This is probably the epitome
of a dirty but important job. It starts with sewage
backing up and ends with contractors digging out your
yard. Trenchless replacement methods exist, and are less
intrusive, but theyíre often more expensive than the
traditional big dig.