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4 urgent home fixes before you retire

Renovate your plumbing
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Cost: Varies by home and repair needed.

Advantage: Stops leaks that cost in utility bills and repairs to damaged walls and floors.

A leaky roof can infest the walls with mold and hurt your health. And it can be a bear of an expense to deal with when you're on a fixed income.

This will save you money in the long run by cutting your water bill and avoiding costly repairs that leaks can cause, let alone the concern about mold in the walls caused by leaks.

"Anything to do with plumbing should be taken care of first," says Courtney Cachet , a licensed general contractor and designer in South Florida. "If you have a flood in your home, you could get huge damages that aren't covered by your insurance."

If you live in an area where the pipes freeze, check to make sure none need to be replaced. Check drain pipes to make sure roots aren't growing in them -- that can cause backups.




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