I do not have to drive far to find problems with people's homes. I live in an area where houses were built in the 1950s and I do not even have to cross the street. There are many houses in my neighborhood that suffer from structural problems, soil problems and of course normal wear and tear.
I understand that most people do not have money to maintain their home every year, but I am here to tell you that it is a mistake. You must maintain your home so that the damage does not become uncontrollable.
Here's an example of what I'm talking about, you have a small roof leak and whenever it's raining, you notice a wet spot on your ceiling and when it's not raining, the stain does not seem to go away. The next time you are going to clean the soil in this area, you will notice that the flooring is also beginning to stain.
These are the two visible things you notice and you might even be able to live with them. However, the deterioration of everything in the attic or between the walls and the floor will be where the real problems are. All water leaks in your home should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
We all heard the saying, "You can pay me now or pay me later." The part that is missing here, is that you can pay me today and it will not cost you as much as next year or the following year. Do not let repairs to your home deteriorate and if you can through regular maintenance, inspect your home annually or semi-annually and replace worn or damaged parts before they damage any other parts of your house.