Bad Homeowner Habits To Break in 2017

Though homeownership is the biggest investment most of us make in our lives, our homes endure a huge amount of abuse and damage. In 2017, make a resolution to take better care of your home. Whether it stays in your family for years and years, or you want to sell it in just a few, you'll be glad you made the effort.

BAD HABIT #1: Wearing Your Shoes In The House

By removing your shoes at the door, you'll be helping to keep your carpets and floors beautiful longer. Not only that, but you'll also be reducing the amount of toxins, allergens, and dust in your home by up to 85%. That goes a long way to save you and your family from sniffling and sneezing.

BAD HABIT #2: Using Doorknobs As Hangers

This may seem like a small thing, but by continually hanging heavy handbags, dry cleaning, and more on your poor doorknobs, you're putting undue strain on your hardware. In fact, the weight may pull your door out of alignment over time. Instead, purchase a coat rack or put the items in their proper place.

BAD HABIT #3: Flushable Wipes

Those pre-moistened "flushable" wipes cause more home plumbing problems than they advertise. The fabric is a magnet for grease and other materials, causing stubborn clogs.

BAD HABIT #4: Self-Cleaning Toilet Tablets

They may seem like a quick fix to a problem, but the chemicals in toilet tablets will slowly breakdown the hardware, causing corrosion to the plastic parts that keep the toilet working.

BAD HABIT #5: Ignoring Your Gutters

It's a nasty and tedious chore, but regular cleaning and maintenance will help you avoid foundation problems int he future. Clean the gutters before spring rains and then check throughout the winter to make sure that snow and ice haven't pulled them too far from the house.

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