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What are the biggest repair costs in a home or commercial building?

When buying a home or commercial property, it's important to understand the potential repair costs that may be associated with the property. While cosmetic repairs can certainly add up over time, it's typically the big-ticket functional repairs that can really make a dent in your wallet. Let's take a look at some of the biggest repair costs for homes and commercial buildings:


Roof Repairs or Replacement: Depending on the size and complexity of the roof, repairing or replacing it can cost tens of thousands of dollars.


Foundation Issues: Problems with the foundation can cause structural damage and be very costly to repair. Depending on the extent of the damage, repairing a foundation can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.


HVAC System Replacement: Replacing a furnace, air conditioner, or other HVAC component can be a significant expense. A new system can cost several thousand dollars.


Termite Damage: If left unchecked, termite damage can become a serious problem, requiring significant repairs to the affected areas. Repair costs can range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the damage. Many pest companies offer routine prevention for termites and other wood boring insects, which we always recommend when there is evidence of termites in a home or commercial building (whether active/existing or inactive/old issue).


Electrical and Plumbing Issues: Faulty wiring, leaky pipes, or outdated systems can lead to expensive repair bills. Depending on the scope of the work required, these repairs can cost thousands of dollars.


In addition to the above repair costs, we also see costly damage due to mold and water damage. To learn more about potential water damage, see our blog regarding appropriate grading and slope of the ground surrounding your home! Though the price tag can certainly be significant, mold and water damage is a bit harder to estimate as it depends on severity, and size of the home.


In conclusion, when buying a home or commercial property, it's important to be aware of the potential repair costs associated with the property. Some of the biggest expenses can include roof repairs or replacement, foundation issues, HVAC system replacement, termite damage, electrical and plumbing issues, mold, and water damage. By understanding these potential costs, buyers can make informed decisions and plan accordingly for any necessary repairs. Contact us for a full assessment of your home or commercial building today!


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