I’m going to state the obvious, owning and maintaining a house is not cheap. Whether you’re renovating or just living in it, they’re expensive!

I’m going to state the obvious, owning and maintaining a house is not cheap. Whether you’re renovating or just living in it, they’re expensive!

The quicker you notice a problem and make moves to rectify it, the easier and possibly nicer on your wallet it will be.

I’m guilty of ignoring issues until the last minute, I’m not entirely comfortable with how long my engine light had been on for before it was fixed, but the mechanic told me exactly what I knew was going to happen, I neglected it for so long that it eventually had an impact on other aspects of the car and made the job a lot more complicated than it need to be.

It’s the same with houses.

Let’s have a look at some of the more necessary repairs that you need to keep an eye on and make sure any issues are prevented before they start!

Foundational problems

I’m starting with the big dog, if you’re having issues with your home’s foundations, your bank account is gonna be trembling!

Your foundations provide stability for the entire structure of the house, which is pretty major. It’s probably not a huge surprise that they can be difficult to fix.

The repairs can be complex, expensive and can take quite a long time to fix, which means you might have to look at also paying for temporary accommodation while the work is being completed.

Some of the issues you should be on the lookout for are: cracks in the walls, uneven flooring, gaps between the floor and walls and bowed walls.

If you notice any of the listed issues in your home, I would definitely recommend seeking professional help sooner rather than later, the longer you leave it, the more opportunity for the damage to get worse and could result in an even bigger price tag. Not to mention it can also be incredibly dangerous to go on ignoring piling evidence.


If there’s a situation where you need to replace your entire roof, it can potentially come with a monster price tag. Especially when it’s sprung on you and you had no intention of replacing said roof before this point.

You can carry out your own mini inspection if you’re comfortable or hire an expert, which I would again advise to do on a regular basis.

Start in the attic and check for signs of sagging, water rings, dark patches or water/sunlight coming through. I would then suggest looking out for any loose or bucking roof tiles, check the flashing, unblock your gutters and look for moss growth.

The quicker you notice problems, the cheaper they will be to fix and it’s much more comforting when you’re in control vs. your hand being forced.

Boilers and heating systems

The dreaded boiler repair! I’m not saying that there’s a convenient time for the boiler to break down, but surely there are less inconvenient times, right? Does it have to happen right before an interview? Does it have to happen in winter?

The best form of prevention is to make sure you’re carrying out regular services on the boiler by your supplier or registered engineer. It’s recommended to get your boiler and heating serviced at least once a year to just make sure that you’re avoiding minor issues turning into bigger ones. Listen out for any unusual noises and keep an eye on the length of time for the heating to kick in.

Plumbing and piping

This one is an annoying thing to go wrong, purely because they’re hidden in your walls. So, if something goes wrong, say a prayer and hope that your repairman can fix it with minimal damage to your wallpaper!

There are a few things you can do to help prevent your pipes from letting you down; start by preventing clogs, make sure that your plates are fully scraped before rinsing and washing them and don’t just force things down the sink that shouldn’t be down there (and make sure your kids aren’t doing this either!), I know it’s gross, but we all know you need to fish it out and put it in the bin.

Making sure your pipes are well insulated is a handy tip, especially in the fight against winter. Frozen pipes are a nightmare and huge inconvenience, so insulation would be a big help here.

Look out for any leaks and if you find one, get it looked at ASAP. The issue here is that you’ve only seen the leak on the parts of the pipe or wall that you can see and you’ll need to know it hasn’t been leaking behind the wall too.

Once again, regular checks and maintenance from someone who knows what they’re doing is the best form of prevention, so I’d be silly to recommend you do anything but that!

This is just a list of what I think could end up being the priciest repairs.

I didn’t want to make house maintenance sound too scary, but it’s so important to keep on top of things.

It’s much less of a chore if you make sure you’re doing it regularly.

Owning your own home is an exciting time, whether you’re new to the game or experienced, so making it easy on yourself by keeping up with little repairs will take some of the pressure off.

There’s loads of advice and info online too, so don’t be scared to have a look around and do a bit of research for yourself. It’s very informative!

Don’t forget, if you’ve got a project in mind and have any questions for us, give us a shout at info@olive-umber.co.uk