Bad Habits Homeowners Need to Break For 2017

Well it’s the end of the year again, and you know what that means; time for New Year’s Resolutions! Instead of doing what everyone says they’ll do like lose twenty pounds, or travel more, etc. we are taking a real estate approach.

Throughout the course of a year a home can endure a lot of abuse. The cracked tile, a leaky pipe falling to the ceiling, etc. can eat a chunk out of your finances when it’s time to sell. In order to not lose that money, homeowners need to be responsible and be good to their property by taking on regular maintenance and routine projects to upkeep with the house.

But with time, and breaking a few bad habits, you can save a decent amount of time and money.

“If it’s not broke don’t fix it” – mentality

Completely wrong; all appliances, furnaces, hardwood floors, and paint, need regular maintenance. The exterior of homes need a new paint job every five years even if it doesn’t look like it needs it system filters need to be replaced or cleaned monthly.

What you can do instead is read maintenance instructions whenever you buy or install something new. Household items tend to work best when they are taken care of as instructed by the manufacturer.

 Don’t hang dry cleaning on door knobs

Everyone is guilty of hanging clothes on door handles. Sometimes people go beyond clothes and hang purses, gym bags, and things of the sort. This can actually put a lot of pressure on the door knob and knock it out of alignment. It’s pretty lazy really, and is quite the eyesore. Instead go to your local hardware store and grab a two headed hook to mount on your wall or door for $2.

Wearing shoes inside

Shoes are dirty and they track in all kinds of dust, germs, and dander into a home. They also leave scuff marks and can stain carpets. The best thing to do is leave a pair of comfy house slippers by the door and slip them on right when you walk in. Socks aren’t a bad option either if you prefer light coverings on your feet. Your bare feet emit sweat and oil, which aren’t good for your floors.

Putting cleaning tablets in toilet tanks

Yes it’s a quick fix to clean your toilet, but the chemicals will erode the interior components of the toilet. It’s much easier to roll your sleeves up and give the inside a quick scrub with a few rags and some cleaning solution.

Don’t pack junk under your deck

 It’s okay to store a few items like deck furniture under your deck, but not a bunch of junk. It will eventually collect moisture and warp the deck. When you do store stuff under there, make sure to keep at least a foot of space between your stuff and the joists.

Stop smoking inside

Despite the fact that smoking is horrible for you, give your home a break.  Cigarette smoke creeps into the walls and floors, turning them yellow, and adding a stench to the air. You’ll be glad you’ve stopped when you decide to put your home on the market. If you have to smoke, go outside, it’s only a few steps away.

Stop using your closets to hide clutter

“Out of sight, out of mind” is the usual mentality, but that doesn’t mean it just goes away. Having a bunch of clutter lying around makes your home look smaller, dirty, and like you don’t care about it. Put all your clothes where they belong, the mail in the proper spots, the books on the bookshelf, and the dishes in the dishwasher. De-cluttering is more of a marathon than a sprint, so a little every day helps.

Stop ignoring smaller problems

It isn’t difficult to walk past the wet stain on the ceiling, or the peeling paint on the wall. All these things tend to build and add up when they’re continually ignored. If they’re not taken care of promptly, they can become quite expensive and problematic down the road.

These are the bad habits to break for the upcoming year. Changing the way you live for the better will make a lasting impact on your life, and lead to a more productive and positive year.

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