Angie's List: Home improvement projects you should be doing

Do the important, not glamourous work

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Angie’s List looks at the much-needed projects you won’t be showing off to the neighbors.

“Unfortunately, there are projects that have to be done around your house that you are never going to talk to other people about – updating wiring, replacing your roof – these are the kind of things that are required to keep your house in good condition, but they are not fun and exciting, but if you don’t do these things it’s really going to hinder the value of your home and it’s resale value,” said Angie’s List Angie Hicks.

Here are three unsexy home projects you should never avoid. Repairing the foundation: you might crack up at the thought of spending hard-earned money to repair that slow-growing crack up the wall, but foundation issues are no joking matter. Have it checked out before it’s too late.

Two, removing mold. Failure to remove mold can cause health problems. Make sure to hire a remediation company that pinpoints the source of the mold.

Three, update electrical wiring. Rewiring a home or modernizing an aging electrical system is not cheap, but you’ll sleep better knowing there’s a decreased risk of fire.

Angie’s List says spending money on projects can be painful – especially when you don’t have an emergency fund. Financial planners recommend tucking away at least $5,000 for these types of situations.

If you don’t have an emergency fund, start small. Have a portion of your paycheck automatically deposited into a savings account each month.

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