Monday, March 24, 2014

Home repairs: to fix or to replace

Even well-maintained homes suffer damages, and wear and tear from regular use. Appliances break down, upholstered furniture develops stains and pipes get leaky. These are just some home repairs you may encounter as a homeowner. Most of the time, the solution to these problems is choosing between fixing and replacing the particular home feature. Get tips...

Most leaky faucets may be fixed by simply putting in a new gasket, however, serious pipe leaks may need a full repair and replacement. It’s best to consult an expert plumber to fix leaks.

Broken furniture

Deciding on replacing or fixing your broken furniture largely depends on the material and quality of your furniture. Plastic furniture is durable but can’t be fixed when broken. Most other furniture pieces can be repaired though, particularly wooden articles. Scratches on exposed wood may be sanded down and refinished, while stained upholstery can be remedied by simply having your seat reupholstered. Your greatest consideration for repairing furniture is the price. Check out new furniture prices against the cost of repairing items to see if it's worth it.

Repairing appliances

Appliances are an expensive part of any home. Check the warranty terms of your appliance. If a free service warranty is still applicable, then you will probably save on having to fix it yourself. For appliances that are still relatively new, but without warranty, check how much it would cost to have them repaired. If it’s a minor repair, you may be charged a small fee, however, for appliances that are eight years old or over, it’s best to retire them in favor of newer models that are more energy-efficient. The newer options will also help you save on power and water bills. While the initial cash-out may be larger, you will save more over the long term. 

Tricky plumbing

Old homes tend do develop problems with plumbing. Leaks are tricky and will cost you a lot in terms of your water bills. Leaky faucets are easier to detect while more serious leaks are often detected in ceiling stains. Most leaky faucets may be fixed by simply putting in a new gasket, however, serious pipe leaks may need a full repair and replacement. It’s best to consult an expert plumber to fix leaks.


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