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Keeping up to date on your home maintenance

Don't wait! It's important to address any home repairs early on.

Many people have been spending more time at home. This is a great opportunity to assess any maintenance that needs to be done. 

Charles Thayer is a home expert and founder of All Around. He explains why it's important to address home repairs early on, and what can happen if you don't.

Q: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS ANY ISSUES IN YOUR HOME RIGHT AWAY?

  • Regardless of what society is doing, materials are still going to age and rot at the same pace.
  • When you put off a major project, typically the problem is only going to get worse with time.
  • What you don’t want is to let a minor home repair become a larger problem that affects other parts of your home.
  • Now is a great time to address major repairs since many people are spending more time at home.

Q: WHAT SHOULD HOMEOWNERS BE LOOKING FOR?

  • There’s obvious damage to look for like broken siding or missing shingles.
  • Sometimes, the biggest problems in our homes are the ones we can’t even see.
  • Damaged siding, for instance, could be hiding a much bigger problem in your home, like rot. 
  • Any chips or holes in your siding can let moisture in, and that moisture can build up and lead to rot.
  • Check for soft spots and pooling water around your home to identify where you might have a bigger problem.
  • The sooner you can identify any major issue, the easier and more cost effective it is to repair.

Q: WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN MAJOR PROJECTS OR DAMAGE REPAIRS ARE PUT OFF?

  • The drastic weather in Minnesota is tough on our homes year round. We don’t always have much time to repair winter storm damage before the summer storm season hits.
  • When you wait too long to repair roof damage, you run the risk of other problems piling on top.
  • Even the smallest hole or crack can let in moisture or pests, both of which can cause further damage to your home. 
  • We’re gearing up for summer storm season at All Around. It’s important homeowners address any problems from last year now so those issues aren’t made worse this storm season.

Q: HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR HOME HAS ANY DAMAGE WORTHY OF REPAIRING?

  • One of the best places to evaluate is your roof so you can spot any damage to your shingles or chimney.
  • It can be dangerous to get on your roof, especially if you think you have structural damage.
  • Small dents and holes from hail damage can be hard to spot. We do offer free roof estimates at All Around and can safely assess any damage you might have.
  • It’s also a good idea to clear your gutters before summer storm season so they can drain properly and run water away from your home, which can help prevent water damage inside. 
  • Homeowners should be trying to take advantage of the extra time at home to evaluate their home’s current condition.

For more information, check out the website at www.allaround.com

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