You Know You Need it, But You Can’t Afford it: What Concrete Repairs Can You Put Off and How Long?
When it comes to being a homeowner, there are things that constantly need to be taken care of. From electrical and HVAC to cleaning, you seem to always have your hands full.
When it comes to concrete, there are areas of the home that may need attention from time to time, such as patios, porches or driveways. Even the foundation of your home may be created from concrete. Any area of your home created from concrete is meant to last a lifetime, but repair needs can occur. What do you do when you have a repair that is too costly? How long can you wait to complete the repair?
As with any home situation, you will often find that issues arise and call for a good deal of money to repair. If you don’t have the funds, you can choose to charge it on a credit card or save up until you have the money to pay the bill in full. Either way, you have to come up with the money. So, how long can you wait until you have a concrete repair taken care of?
Weighing the Repair Need
When it comes to concrete repairs, the cost and the time you can wait to have the repair completed will be based on the repair need. If you have a foundation issue, the repair is going to be costly and it should be repaired as quickly as possible. The foundation affects your entire home so any issue that is not taken care of as soon as possible can lead to many other issues. A buckling sidewalk is a repair that needs to be completed, but one that can wait due to it not being a pressing problem.
Consider your repair need. Does it affect your overall home? Could the repair lead to other repair needs or costs? Will the issue cause further damage to your home? When you consider the problem and what could happen, you can figure out how much time you have to wait.
Consult the Experts
Of course, most homeowners don’t have money to burn and a few thousand dollars on hand to pay for major repairs. So, what can you do to have peace of mind if you cannot have the repair completed right away? Consult a concrete expert. Schedule an appointment where an expert comes to your home and evaluates the situation.
Ask the hard questions. How will your home be affected? How long would you wait to complete the repair if this was your home? Can I feasibly wait and extended period of time while I save the money? If a repair must be completed quickly, look at your monetary options. Some companies offer payment plans or will take a credit card as payment. Find out what financial options you have to make a smart decision to have the repair completed in a timely manner.
If you can avoid waiting to complete a concrete repair, do so, especially if the repair involves your basement or foundation. You want to protect and repair your home, ensuring it serves you well in the future.