Homeowner Headaches: 3 Problems and 3 Solutions
Truly, being a homeowner is a blessing. Unfortunately, it also means a unique set of problems, some of which are quite common among all homeowners. Luckily, it’s nothing that can’t be handled and in fact, with some handy tips, it’s very easy to enjoy being a homeowner rather than be put out by problems. So here are 3 common homeowner problems and corresponding tips!
Unexpected renovations are honestly more likely to happen than not happen. Repairing a damaged roof, replacing broken kitchen tiles, repainting awfully stained walls – renovations are often a necessary reality. How can you handle a strain on your budget and a disruption of your routines? First, you really want to have a home emergency fund because having money put aside for such unexpected things means while you’ll suffer some frustration, there will be no need for panic. Then, many potential issues don’t become full-blown problems if you catch them early, so you want to schedule routine inspections for your home’s structure, appliances, systems, etc.
For example, say you spot a small water stain on your ceiling. Instead of ignoring it, you investigate and find a minor roof leak. By fixing it right away, you avoid a big, forced renovation that could really put a dent in your wallet.
Pest infestations can be a real nightmare – a major stressor and a drain on finances. Pests mess with your property and health so you can’t properly enjoy a comfortable and safe living space.
Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to stop an infestation.
For example, closing up potential entryways means pests can’t find their way into your home so check for gaps around windows, doors, and other similar openings and use stuff like weatherstripping or caulk to seal them up. Then, you want to keep things as tidy as possible because then you don’t attract pests and if they do find their way inside, they don’t want to stick around. Say you notice a few ants in your kitchen. Instead of just crushing them with a slipper, you check it out and find a little crack in the wall. By sealing it up and handling the ant issue right away, you prevent a bigger pest problem.
Water damage, thirst, dirty surroundings – plumbing issues are an unfortunate but common problem for a homeowner. What to do? Try to learn the basics – fixing leaks, unclogging drains, keeping water heaters in check – to identify and deal with minor issues yourself. Of course, you can hardly fix everything, and regular check-ups by a qualified plumber means catching potential problems early so you really don’t have to deal with major issues.
Say you hear a weird sound in your pipes. Instead of ignoring it, you check it out and find a minor leak. By fixing it up or getting professional help right away, you prevent a major plumbing issue and potential water damage to your home. Having your own place to call home doesn’t have to cause you problems as long as you get ahead of them!