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The 5 Most Expensive Home Repairs

by Rick Jarzembowski 10/08/2018

Many home buyers seek out fixer-uppers or older homes as a way to save money. And, while this method can be a great way to save, it does come with a few caveats.

Upgrades and repairs can vary greatly in price. Some might be simple, whereas others can take weeks or months, require permits, and uproot your plans. For these reasons, it’s good to know what you’re getting yourself into with home repairs.

In this article, we’re going to cover the most expensive home repairs and upgrades. That way when you find a home listing that you’re interested in, you can rule out these costly repairs early if you aren’t willing to spend the extra money on them after buying the house.

1. Sewer and septic

Finding out you need to replace a sewer line or a septic system can be a nightmare. Sewer lines are most often damaged by tree root growth, leaving older homes the most vulnerable. On average, homeowners spend around $2,500 to repair a main sewer line.

If you move into a new home that previously only had one inhabitant, you may find that the septic system can’t keep up with the increased workload. Repairs for a septic system average around $1,500. And to replace the septic system and install a new one? You can expect to spend around $5,000 or much more, depending on your needs and location.

2. Foundation repair

Older homes are also subject to foundation damage over the years, which can cause many problems, including safety concerns and water damage.

Houses that have poor drainage and high soil moisture are particularly vulnerable to foundation damage. And, like sewer and septic issues, tree roots can also pose a problem.

For minor cracks, foundation repairs can cost as little as $500. However, more severe damage can cost up to $10,000. On average, Americans spend around $4,000 when they repair a damaged foundation.

3. Roof replacement

Roof replacements are inevitable, but there are ways to ensure you won’t have to install a new one anytime soon. For example, slate and metal roofs can last over 50 years. And concrete? A hundred years or more.

The most common type of roofs, however, are made from asphalt shingles, which last around 20 years. In terms of price, asphalt tends to be the cheapest as well, costing as low as $2,000 to replace. Metal and slate roofs are significantly more expensive, starting at $5,000 and $17,000 respectively.

4. Heat pump installation

Installing a heat pump can be quite costly, with the national average being around $5,300. However, if you live in a moderate climate, a heat pump can replace both your furnace and your air conditioning unit.

Furthermore, if you plan on staying in the home for several years, a heat pump tends to be much more energy efficient than older alternatives.

5. Kitchen remodel

Of all the household remodeling projects--basement, bathrooms, etc.--a kitchen remodel tends to be the priciest. Americans spend about $21,000 on a kitchen remodel. The most expensive part? Cabinetry and hardware at $6,000.

About the Author

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Rick Jarzembowski

Rick Jarzembowski’s dedicated, professional reputation in the Washtenaw County real estate market has been built on providing excellent customer service. For more than 30 years Rick has helped over 1,200 individuals and families with their Real Estate needs.

With Rick, you know you’re getting a committed professional who stays by your side throughout your entire real estate transaction, while making it an enjoyable experience.

His strong and effective business, marketing and negotiating skills are uniquely coupled with his keen ability to understand his clients' tastes and needs. Rick has been a leader in Washtenaw County real estate sales for over 30 years, yearly recognized as a top-producing agent in the County. His in-depth community and market knowledge along with his high-quality professional network have afforded him the expertise to deal with a broad array of real estate needs. He is an expert not only in residential homes sales and purchases, but also with rental investment properties, relocation transactions, new construction, and lake home sales.

Rick has served on numerous committees for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Michigan Association of Realtors. These appointments provide him with a comprehensive understanding of housing policies and reinforce his extensive knowledge of the local housing market. He is focused on keeping up with the latest trends, laws, and technology in the real estate industry.

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