Home Repairs: What to Do About Them

Posted September 22, 2021 by in Lifestyle

No matter where you live, how new or old your home is or any other factors, you’re going to find that your property needs repair work carried out on it at some point or another. It’s all part of the wear and tear your home undergoes as a result of people living in it! Of course, few people really know what to do when faced with issues for the first time, so it’s important that you’re prepared for any issue or repair that you may be faced with.

Here’s some more information on the subject to help you along the way:

Are You Responsible for the Repairs?

First, you need to determine whether you are responsible for the repairs. If you own your own home or are buying your own home, you will find that you are the person who needs to arrange repairs on it and pay for repairs on it. However, if you are a tenant and you are renting from a landlord or other association, they will be responsible for general repairs and maintenance of the property. If you have repairs in this scenario, contact your landlord, report the issue and they will need to contact professionals to repair the space. That is, unless you caused specific damage to the property yourself – such as breaking a window by throwing a ball at it or flooding the bathroom by leaving a tap running. In scenarios like this, you may have to front the costs.

Getting Repairs Done Sooner Rather Than Later

If you’re going to have to cover the cost of the repair, it can be tempting to sweep it under the carpet for  a while. Most people do this hoping that the problem will go away or to avoid spending money. The issue is that the problem is unlikely to resolve itself and is likely to worsen over time. You will simply find yourself with more damage to your living space and bigger bills to pay down the line if you do leave things. So, call for help sooner rather than later.

Who to Contact

There are all sorts of repair experts out there, such as Mr. Handyman, so it’s good to know who to call for specific repair work. Here are some suggestions:

  • Roofers – if you have an issue with your roofing, such as a hole, a missing tile or anything else, a roofer will be able to resolve the issue.
  • Plumbers – got issues with your waterworks? A leaky tap, a toilet that won’t flush, a leak in a pipe? Contact a plumber
  • Electricians – electricians deal with all electrical problems. It’s important that you contact them quickly, as electrical faults can be extremely dangerous
  • Glaziers – windows are notoriously fragile and just a knock could potentially break them. A glazier will be able to put wrongs to rights, repairing or replacing glass panes

Of course, there are other professionals out there with other specific skill sets. But some of the repair people outlined above tend to be called out the most frequently and commonly. Hopefully, you won’t need them anytime soon, but it’s good to keep them in the back of your mind for when you do need them.