RALEIGH: Smarter Living - Keeping your home healthy - WNCN: News, Weather

WNCN News

Smarter Living: Keeping your home healthy

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

When it comes to home improvement, we’d all like to spend our money on so-called ‘sexy’ projects, such as transforming your master bath into a spa. Chances are, though, that you’ll have to spend big bucks on unglamorous maintenance projects.

In this installment of ‘Smarter Living,’ we’ll look at ways to keep your home healthy.

Robyn Meslin ended up in a rut after learning the person who previously owned her home did his own electrical work.

“The basement was pretty much a nightmare. He had finished it himself so there were open electrical boxes down there, switches that didn't turn on and off, anything that we could figure out,” she said.

Meslin wound up having to call in a professional, a potentially expensive move.

She was smart, though. Those kinds of issues are some of the most important to deal with, even if they’re not exciting, Angie Hicks of Angie’s List said.

"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," she said.

But, if you don’t tackle those issues, you could wind up hindering the value of your home and its resale value.

One of the most important repairs to make is repairing the foundation, if necessary.

A slow-growing crack up the wall should be checked out before it’s too late.

Another potential fix that is very important is getting rid of any mold in the home. Mold can cause health problems. Your best bet? Hire a remediation company that can pinpoint the mold’s source.

Just as Meslin did, updating electrical wiring is very important and sometimes very necessary. 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.

Financial planners recommend tucking away at least $5,000 for these projects. If you don’t have that kind of money right now or don’t have an emergency fund, it’s a good idea to start one.

  • Smarter LivingMore>>

  • Smarter Living: Benefits of cooking with olive oil

    Smarter Living: Benefits of cooking with olive oil

    Thursday, May 15 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-05-15 12:30:49 GMT
    Cooking with olive oil has many health benefits and WNCN’s health expert Dr. Kevin Campbell will tell us more about those, but first we’ll look at a local chef at Nina’s Ristorante who cooks with a special kind of olive oil.
    Cooking with olive oil has many health benefits and WNCN’s health expert Dr. Kevin Campbell will tell us more about those, but first we’ll look at a local chef at Nina’s Ristorante who cooks with a special kind of olive oil.
  • Smarter Living: Keeping your wedding costs down

    Smarter Living: Keeping your wedding costs down

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-04-17 09:00:28 GMT
    The dress, cake, flowers and invitations; when you add it all up, including the honeymoon, the average wedding costs almost $30,000.In this installment of 'Smarter Living' we will look at how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank.
    The dress, cake, flowers and invitations; when you add it all up, including the honeymoon, the average wedding costs almost $30,000.In this installment of 'Smarter Living' we will look at how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank.
  • Smarter Living: Spring fashion

    Smarter Living: Spring fashion

    Thursday, March 20 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-03-20 13:52:01 GMT
    Today is the first day of spring and most people are ready to put away their winter clothes and dress for the new spring season.
    Today is the first day of spring and most people are ready to put away their winter clothes and dress for the new spring season. For those that are looking for the latest spring fashions, local fashion designer Zankhna Parekh joined Sharon Tazewell to show off what's "in" this season.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • The Clueless Chick: Baby safety tips

    The Clueless Chick: Baby safety tips

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:00:21 GMT
    Baby safety tips from Jennifer Durbin.Baby safety tips from Jennifer Durbin.
    We all know how important it is to keep baby safe, which is why September has been named National Baby Safety Month.
    We all know how important it is to keep baby safe, which is why September has been named National Baby Safety Month.
  • Michael Brown forum at Duke stirs emotions

    Michael Brown forum at Duke stirs emotions

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:54:34 GMT
    Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family pictureduring a news conference Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    Duke University professors lead a panel discussion about race, the role of police and how social media coverage of street protests in Ferguson Missouri shaped the Michael Brown shooting death story.
    Duke University professors lead a panel discussion about race, the role of police and how social media coverage of street protests in Ferguson Missouri shaped the Michael Brown shooting death story.
  • 1 dead in single-car crash on I-40 in Johnston Co.

    1 dead in single-car crash on I-40 in Johnston Co.

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:27:21 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    One person is dead after a van flipped several times Monday morning in Johnston County.
    One person is dead after a van flipped several times Monday morning in Johnston County.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.