Save Money on Major Home Repairs
Problems such as foundation issues, sinking concrete, sump pump failures, and more can sneak up on us. It's very daunting to have a large problem arise that comes out of the blue but even if you knew an expense was coming, why pay more than you have to? We want you to be informed so that you can save money on major home repairs... and here's how!
Fix the Problem Early
It goes without saying: The smaller the issue, the easier the fix which also means a lower cost. The crack under your window can be quickly diagnosed and repaired, but add rain and the crack grows, allowing water into your basement and suddenly there are more repairs to be made- and unfortunately that means a larger price tag. A simpler example would be a car. Regular oil changes are cheaper than having to replace your car's engine. Well, the same goes for home maintenance. Since your home doesn't have a check engine light, you have to be on the lookout for things like wall cracks, sticking windows, and weird smells to signal that you might have a problem. Just like your car, your home won't repair itself but the sooner you diagnose the issue and repair the problem, the easier it will be on your bank account.
Be Ready to Make a Decision
Contracting businesses are not places where you can negotiate the price, however, they do offer discounts. One easy discount to take advantage of is same-day savings! If you wait to make your decision, another inspection may be needed and by that time the original issue could get worse. Every day, homeowners miss out on saving hundreds or more off of a project simply because they weren’t ready to make a decision. As an example of the saving you could get, 5% of $10,000 is $500. Not a small amount of money to anyone.
One Time Fix
There’s only one way to ensure you don’t need to fix an issue again: getting it done right the first time. Yes, we know this seems obvious, but there are a lot of bad contractors out there, especially after a big weather event (we call them fly-by-night contractors), who have taken advantage of homeowners. Sometimes, it’s intentional. Other times, it’s a well-meaning effort, but they simply didn’t know what they were doing.
To avoid those scenarios, pick the business that you know will do it right the first time, don't just pick the cheapest or fastest. Pick the one who will stand behind their work! Hire a specialist for the type of repair you need instead of a general contractor, read reviews, ask how long the company has been in business, ask what training they’ve completed, and how many homes they’ve fixed.
As you can see, by being aware and prepared, you can make sure you get your home fixed right and sleep well knowing you’ve saved money in the long run!