Counters & Cabinets, Addressing Wear and Tear Over Time
Episode 3 of "Home Inspections from A-Z"
Next up on our journey through home inspections and common repair requests are Counter tops and Cabinets. In most cases, these issues are QwikFixes and something homeowners can accomplish on their own. Potentially saving hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars with routine maintenance.
A common area for water damage is seen in the space between your counter top and back splash. Whether it is in your bathroom or kitchen, splashing water seeps into this area damaging your walls, cabinets, and even your flooring. This is something that can usually happen slowly over time making it less obvious, until the problem is big and more expensive to repair. A good way to prevent this from happening is using proper sealant between your counter and back splash. Helping to reduce cracks and spaces over time.
Cabinets fall into the category of QwikFixes, however, your cost for repairs may increase if not immediately addressed. For example, a small problem with a hinge or alignment may not be a big deal BUT with time comes wear and tear. A cabinet that does not close properly can damage the cabinet beyond a qwik repair. Similarly, a leaking drain that slowly drips on the cabinet floor will ruin the particle board. Taking a skilled carpenter or cabinet specialist to surgically remove a piece of cabinet to be replaced with new wood.
With a little maintenance here and there you can save a large amount of time and money in the long run. Just like cars which you routinely take in for oil and filter changes, homes require the same amount of care. Allowing them to last longer and save you money.