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11 Ways to Avoid Costly Home Repairs

Maintain your house now, so you can avoid big problems later on

En español  |  Your house talks to you — and what is it saying? It's giving you early warning signs of potential trouble at its most vulnerable spots, and by paying attention you can prevent costly repairs down the road.

 

Electrical System

 

Problems: Fire; electrocution.

Trouble signs: Flickering or dim lights (especially when portable appliances are used); circuit breakers that frequently trip; outlets that are hot to the touch.

What you can do: Ensure lightbulbs aren't loose and, if you're handy, replace two-pronged or hot outlets. Flip each circuit breaker at least once a year to prevent corrosion. If problems continue, call in a licensed electrician.

What it may cost: $2 per three-pronged outlet. $300 to $500 for an electrical inspection and basic repairs. Replacing a medium-sized home's faulty wiring typically costs $4,000 or more.

What you can save: Your life and home.

 

 

 

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