Angie's List: Dealing with Home Repairs

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For some, Spring is a good time to tackle those projects that you have been meaning to get to around the house. But, experts say if you have a list, it's best to prioritize.

No home is perfect. There are always nagging repairs that homeowners need to do. One way to get started is to take a new look at your house as you begin the new year.

Angie Hicks of Indianapolis-based Angie's List says, "Walk around as if you are getting ready to buy the house. Right down everything you see that's potentially wrong and that way you can prioritize it and money set aside for these important projects."

These projects don't have to be big things either. In fact, doing a few small repairs now can head off the need for larger repairs in the future.

Start with the roof, for example. A small leak doesn't mean you have to replace the entire roof. A roofing company or gutter or chimney expert can give you good advice on what you need.

Also, Leaky pipes don't fix themselves. Dripping faucets and running toilets will only get worse, so do yourself a favor and fix them now before they become a problem.

If your lights dim on their own or you are constantly throwing breaker switches, that's a sign of an electrical problem.

Fix it before before a fire brings down the house.

There are some other things you can do on your own, but some you probably shouldn't even try.

"Unless you're an avid do-it-yourselfer you probably want to start with very basic projects that you want to do yourself," says Angie Hicks. "Whether it's changing furnace filters, caulking around windows, but anything that has to do with plumbing or electrical is better off left to the pros."

Calling in a professional contractor will cost you some money now,but probably save you much more in the long run.

For some of the other top home repairs that you should consider, check out the Angie's List website.