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Roofing, Termite Damages Among Most Expensive Repairs in Utah

a man checking the roof of his homeHomeowners in Utah may pay at least $5,000 for roofing repairs, especially if you ignore particular problems for a long time.

Termite infestation will cost you up to $7,000 depending on the scope of damages. These two types of repairs comprise some of the most expensive for homeowners, which is why early detection and regular maintenance will help in avoiding high fees.

Preventive Maintenance

As soon as you notice a leaky roof, a contractor should fix it since even partial repairs may require you to pay over $600. If your insurance covers it, you should consult national public adjusters to maximize your claim. On the other hand, some red flags for termites at home include mud tunnels that appear on a wall’s exterior. Check your basement for any signs of insect wings, as it may indicate termite infestation.

Doing so will also allow you to inspect your foundation. This is particularly important for those who live in unpredictable weather. You may need repairs more often if the soil beneath it contracts during sunny weather and expands during rainy days. It may cost you as much as $10,000 if you delay necessary repairs to the foundation.

Homeownership Costs

Homeowners in Utah spent 54% more each month compared to those who rented properties in 2015, according to an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The national median cost for homeowners amounted to 54% more than the median cost to rent every month.

Before you think of downsizing and just sign a long-term lease, take note that owning a house makes you eligible for certain tax incentives. It also allows you to save for your retirement, aside from not worrying about monthly rental bills.

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A sense of urgency for fixing problems will let you avoid paying for expensive repairs at home. If your budget forces you to delay urgent repairs, try not to postpone them for too long.

  • Posted on January 2, 2018