How to Avoid Popular Expensive Home Repairs- Part II

How to Avoid Popular Expensive Home Repairs- Part IIYou would be surprised how many responses the Australian Heritage Homes team gets when we discuss any kind of failure on this blog. It could be our failures, it could be yours—regardless, customers receive these very well. We believe that this bares sharing, because it’s a reminder that we’re all human and we’re all learning from each other. As you’ve probably gathered by now, the crux of the AHH team ethos is that we love what we do and we continue to learn more about what we do. It’s how we’ve become the best at what we do. There is no finish line, we’ll continue to keep pushing ourselves day after day because we’re excited about the learnings that are out there in the home design world. To that point, today we continue out journey learning about popular, expensive home repairs.

If you’re just joining us, yes we know it’s a bit of an oxymoron. After all, who wants something that’s popular and expensive? (millennials would be the answer here.) But we’re not talking about trends or fads, we’re talking about expensive home repairs that can be taken care of DIY-style, so that you don’t have to reach too deeply into your pocket book. Let’s continue our list:

Older Pipes

You may have found the picture-perfect turn-of-the-century Victorian cottage. And it may ooze charm from the inside out. But when you take a closer look, you determine that the last time the pipes were updated was indeed during Queen Victoria’s British reign. Not to fear, because you’ve been advised to check all pipes at least once a year. Guess what happens if you don’t? Sewer back-up. Not idea for a new home, a lived-in home, even a home that you’re moving out of. The AHH team recommends that you bring in a local plumber who will cost several hundred dollars (instead of the thousands you could be spending) and be strategic about the varietals of trees that you plan in your yards. Those suckers can interfere with the plumbing…


The bane of the insect world. While they certainly have a purpose, it’s not eating up the wood of your home. These tricky suckers can damage your foundation, tear up the walls, even eat holes in your ceiling, all without you realizing it. Signs include buckling wood, termite poop (which looks oddly like coffee grounds) and the smell of mold or mildew. Before you wrinkle your nose in distrust, call in an expert to check things out once a year. You’ll be glad that you did.

Water Heaters

Finally, we want to discuss water heaters. They are a blessing of modern science and millions of homes around the world are grateful for their invention. But when they’re not properly maintained, they can be the catalyst of cataclysmic home flooding. If your water isn’t getting as hot as it used to, or puddles and rust are forming near the heater- take note! Call a plumber to determine whether you need to repair or replace your water heater.

Questions? Comments? Give the AHH team a shout. We’d love to hear from you.