Home Upkeep Mistakes You Should Avoid

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or have lived in more than one, knowing the best way to handle an update or repair isn’t always easy.

For example, should you paint the exposed would trim or sand and stain it first? Should you attempt to bring that vintage claw-foot tub back to life or replace it with a luxurious walk-in shower with all the bells and whistles?

And then there’s the list of things you should never do, the following examples being among them:

Plant a tree near your home. You should plant new trees at least 10 feet from your foundation, especially those expected to grow 30 feet or more. Over time, the roots can invade underground sewer lines and result in big drainage issues. Tree roots also can damage your home’s foundation.

Eliminate your only bathtub. If resale value isn’t important to you, do as you wish. But, if you plan on selling in the sometime soon, getting rid of the only tub will make that a more difficult task, especially when the prospective buyers have young children or simply love the occasional bath.

Blast Your Pressure Washer. Pressure washers clear away seasonal buildup of dirt and grime from your siding, but many homeowners blast the water at full force. Excessive water pressure can damage your home’s exterior by forcing moisture under the siding, peeling away paint, or damaging softer materials like cedar.

Leave doors on while painting cabinets. No matter how tempting it might be to take this short cut, you’re bound to regret it.

Forgetting to make timely repairs. Waiting too long is a common mishap many homeowners make. It’s easy to put off something that doesn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but it could get worse and cost you more in the long run. It’s best to tackle a problem as it occurs.

Update exterior brick with paint. While it might look better, paint does not allow brick to breathe. If you’re tired of the look, try brick stain.

Tear out original or architectural features. Unless they are in bad shape, don’t be so quick to rip out architectural features when renovating. Not only do most add character, certain detailing could help your home sell faster and at a higher-than-expected purchase price.

Forget to clean your air filters. A clogged air filter can make your heating and cooling systems work harder, costing you more money in electric bills. Switch out filters every couple of months or more often if you have furry friends in your home.

At Pann Home Services, we offer all the heating, cooling, plumbing, remodeling, and handyman services you might need. Contact us for a free quote on your next project and great advice on how to do the job correctly.