With the economy reeling, many homeowners are buckling down and deciding what projects need to be done and which can wait. HomeBuildingNet.com has a good outline of things that need to be done above all else. According to the list, the big five things are:
Water problems - Water leakage of any kind can cause massive problems down the road.
Septic Tank/Sewage System - Problems with a septic tank are not only destructive but pose a serious health risk to your family as well.
Mold - Mold can ruin the air quality within your home. To get rid of mold, read our article on how to remove mold.
Electrical wiring - Faulty wiring is a serious fire hazard. Be sure to hire a licensed electrician when addressing this issue.
Smoke detectors - All smoke detectors should be functioning properly at all times.
Good tips... especially the septic tank! Having lived many years in the country, I know it's not something that you can put off. I compiled a similar list called "Why now is the perfect time to renovate your home" and posted it here: http://www.deniseholtby.com/?p=450
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