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Try One of These Home Improvement Projects for Under $25

Cost-conscious northwest Florida home owners want to do two things. First, we want to reduce costs for repairs and upgrades. And we absolutely want to protect the value of our homes. Thanks to houselogic.com, you can accomplish both goals with five simple home improvement projects. Each costs less than $25, and can save you thousands in future repairs.

Look for damage from termites or carpenter ants. It’s really critical that you check your property and foundation regularly to avoid problems caused by termites or carpenter ants. Here in Florida, if you have your home on an annual termite bond, pest inspectors will look for damage during their annual inspection; they won’t renew the bond until the damage is repaired. Remember, you can easily avoid these problems by moving debris away from the home.

Rain, rain, go away. Did you know that one of the most common places for water damage is your bathroom? When grout breaks down, water can easily get behind the tiles, causing them to come loose. An easy solution is to re-grout, caulk, and use a sealant on bathroom tile, and the surrounding fixtures.

Clean those gutters. If the siding under a gutter is stained, that means it’s overflowing, which can cause structural damage. Overgrown vegetation on gutters can also cause clogging. Trimming trees and vines away from the house and cleaning your gutters regularly offers many a lot of advantages, and it minimizes the risk for potentially costly repairs down the road.

Check for rusting roof flashings. All flashings deteriorate over time, and that can allow water penetration. With our high humidity and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico’s salt water, flashings in this area tend to rust a lot faster than they do in many other parts of the country. The result of rusty flashings? Possibly very expensive damage to the underlying roof structure. For under $25, you can replace roof flashings, or apply sealant to the problem area.

Seal the deck. If they’re not properly maintained, decks are highly susceptible to the effects of exposure to the elements. Once wood rots, it’s much more likely to be infested by termites and other little damaging beasties. You can use an inexpensive deck sealant and easily prevent future damage.

Although the weather here in the northwest part of the “Sunshine State” is always terrific, summer is a great time to take care of those small repairs that can help you to avoid large headaches (and repair bills!) later. And if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Panama City Beach or Destin, the Veach Team is prepared to help you find the Florida home of your dreams. Contact us today, and let us show you why “Life is a Beach” here in beautiful Destin! And don’t forget to LIKE” us on Facebook – we’d love to talk with you.

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