We all pick up less-than-desirable habits over the years. Homeowners have a list all their own! See how many of these bad habits, mentioned by HouseLogic, you’re guilty of. As top Houston area realtors, we understand how easy it is to pick up habits like these over the years, for the sake of convenience. However, whether they’re hurting you, your house or your bank account, there is good reason to get rid of them.
Keep a checklist of how many of these you’re guilty of:
- Showering without the fan – Perhaps you enjoy showering without the fan so that the bathroom stays hotter and steamier while you’re in there. Even if your showers are short, you should still always run the fan, to prevent mold and mildew from growing in the moist environment. This is harmful for your health and for your home’s health and appeal. Moldy grout is difficult to deal with!
- Always buying bargains – We understand that homeownership can get expensive at times, but that doesn’t mean that always buying the bargain choice is going to save you money. For example, if you but a cheap paintbrush or paint, you’ll have to redo your paint job in a couple years. And if you plan to sell your home anytime soon, opt for quality appliances over the cheaper option.
- Running a half full dishwasher – The dishwasher is going to use the same amount of water whether it’s half full or completely full, so why not wait to run it until it’s completely full? This means you have to empty the dishwasher less often, which is a bonus for you! You’ll save a lot of water usage, which in turn, saves you money on your next water bill.
- Mega mulching – If you like the look of giant mounds of mulch around each tree and garden, reconsider. Too much mulch damages your foliage, suffocates trees, causes root rot and welcomes invasive species. You’re better off loosely packing mulch around your trees, and using less of it! That way, water can properly filter toward the trunk.
- Remodeling rampage – If you just recently moved into a new home, congratulations! If you want to start remodeling it immediately, hold off for at least six months. It’s better to give yourself time to familiarize yourself with the home and to understand the home’s quirks. You might realize the current layout works best for hosting parties, or a different paint color will work best with the lighting.
For more habits to avoid, check out this HouseLogic article. How many of these are you guilty of? The good news is that you can always change a bad habit into a good one! Change these habits and you might feel better and find yourself with more money!
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