You are prepared as possible for home ownership and, specifically, for these little repairs that are part of home ownership? We gathered some costs and tips for the top most common home repairs to give people a benchmark for how much you’ll pay to bring in a professional.  So, to your list and I am sure toilet fill valves are somewhere on this… or a plumber.

Repairing a Running ToiletWhen you hear the water continuously filling and draining from your toilet tank, it’s often because a leaky fill valve and with labor and materials, you are looking at between about sixty and two hundred and twenty-five dollars in terms of repair, depending on your area. The job takes about two hours, which is often the minimum some plumbers require just to take a job. And also, speaking of leaks, another repair you’re sure to encounter at some point is a leaky faucet.

Yes, that drip-drip-dripping is annoying, but the main thing is it can increase your water bill.

Exactly. It’s not something to let go. And depending on the faucet, you might need to simply replace the rubber washers, the old ring, a faucet cartridge. With labor and materials, you are looking at roughly ninety seven to about three hundred and thirty dollars. So again, probably because of the minimum time that it would take the plumber to come.

By the way, if you do replace a bathroom faucet or fixture, just a little tip: look for products with a Water Sense label, it’s an EPA certification that means the product meets certain set of water conserving criteria, which is usually twenty percent water savings over a product that just meets code. And there are Water Sense certified shower heads, toilets, and bathroom sink faucets.

What else is on the list?

How about replacing a ceiling fan?

Yes. Sooner or later the motor will burn out, the blades will wear out, or your fan just kind of looks outdated and a lot of people walk in houses they’re looking to buy and they look at the ceiling fan and it just looks so thirty-forty years ago and you need t replace it.

Exactly. Replacing it isn’t a really big deal, because it comes with upgraded wiring and reinforced ceiling box, a light switch for ceiling fans controls. So, usually, all that stuff is in place with the unit.

What you are paying for is the electrician’s time, which is probably one or two hours and the new fixture. So, total labor and materials could be a hundred to twelve hundred dollars, depending on how fancy your fixture is.

And I wanted to share a little tip, it’s really a myth I’d like to bust for people, because I think a lot of people tend to leave their ceiling fan on all the time, they leave a room and they never turn it off and it’s actually counter-productive to do that, because they don’t cool rooms, they cool people. So, you are actually wasting energy if no one is in the room to feel the breeze.

Interesting. Also, people do it because, you know, for the cat.

Exactly. There’s nothing wrong with that, I totally support that.

Gutter is on the list.

They are. Because, at the very least, you are going to need to have your gutters cleaned every year. But, common problems, that they pull away from the house, or they pitch at inefficient angles because of the weight of snow or soggy leaves.

So, chances are you are going to need to call in a gutter contractor who will clean the gutters, replace or reinstall the supporting hardware and hangers and if they’re going restore the correct pitch, the contractor has to detach and reattach each gutter section. So, total cost for labor and materials could be anywhere from a hundred and forty to three hundred dollars, possibly even more. How about another common thing is a faulty light switch?

Yes, that is common. You turn on the light, nothing happens or there are sparks when the light turns on.

Yes, and it’s an easy fix for an electrician. They’ll turn off the power, they’ll take off the face plate, maybe they’ll tighten the wires or replace the switch, it should take less than an hour. Labor materials usually run about forty to a hundred and five dollars.

Really get a pro for these thing, if you don’t know your way around electricity, this is not something you want to mess with as DIY-er.

I totally agree. And one more problem that many new home owners encounter and that’s a out of alignment door.

Yes, I hate those. That happens because over time your house moves, as the foundation settles and building materials expand and contract with changes in humidity, so it’s natural.

Exactly. It’s not necessarily a sign of something really bad, although it could be a sign of a more serious foundation problem.

So, door frame shift and that causes the hinges to creek and the doors to not shut properly. So, a handy man would add wood shims to frames and hinges to align the door so they open and close easily. He might also replace worn out screws with longer screws, which helps secure the hinges tightly. This probably it’s a fix he can do in about an hour and labor and materials are anywhere from thirty-five to more than three hundred and fifty dollars.

Every once in a while we really enjoy sharing more than just information about garages… If you enjoyed this article, you can find more like it by tuning in to the weekly podcast at www.HouseLogic.com/radio

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