We all have bad behaviors we’d rather not, but if you’re a homeowner, sometimes your bad behaviors can end up costing you money. And nobody wants that. Nip bad homeowner habits in the bud and start over with a clean slate in 2017, and look to perhaps not spend as much on repair bills in the future. Lisa Kaplan Gordon with Realtor.com has pinpointed some habits worth wicking next year:
Hanging dry cleaning on door knobs – Sure, it’s convenient, but really? That’s not the function of a door knob and you’re putting unnecessary strain on your hardware. Invest in hat wrack or more closet storage, or whatever it takes to stop this destructive, ugly habit.
Shoe-wearing inside – Shoes can be rough on floors and can stain and tear carpets. Gordon writes that a University of Houston study found that 39% of shoes contained C.diff, “which causes bad diarrhea and is increasingly resistant to antibiotics”. Losing your shoes at the door may be a special consideration you’ll want to make if you have little ones, elderly, or anyone with compromised immune systems in your household – or if you prefer to minimize exposure to disease.
Smoking inside – Cigarette smoke sticks to walls and floors, so if you’re a smoker, keep it outside. Non-smokers are often turned-off by the residue it leaves behind.
Ignoring small stuff – Just don’t do it. Cracks, water stains, weird odors – they’re usually a sign of something bigger and more ominous, so don’t just ignore them.