Prevention Saves Later Headaches

Dated: 12/10/2018

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In 1736 Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

This means that it is better - and easier - to stop a problem from happening than to stop or correct it after it has started.

As homeowners, we can see this quote brought to life with the everyday wear and tear on our homes and its fixtures.

Below are five household habits to keep in mind to keep your house (and your wallet) in the best shape possible.

Slamming doors can be an innocent everyday occurrence by any member of the family, but can wreak havoc of the condition of both interior and exterior doors. Wondering how that front door got so drafty since last winter? Door slamming can lead to the door falling out of alignment, which can lead to wear and tear on the hinges and can create gaps, inadvertently leading to a drafty space. That drafty gap or crack, which so innocently started as a door slam, can eventually cause higher heating and cooling bills.

A long, relaxing hot shower may sound inviting, but the side effects are less than desired. A hot steamy shower lasting longer than 10 or 12 minutes, raises the humidity in your bathroom and can increase the chances of mold and mildew growth. Over time, you may also notice the paint on the bathroom ceiling begin to bubble and peel from the high levels of condensation that it is exposed to.

Be sure to give your appliances some ongoing TLC. Remember to clean the lint out of the dryer vent after every cycle, run the self-clean feature on your oven at least once a month (or more depending on use), and wipe down the stove, microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator regularly.

After working or playing outdoors, eating, or applying makeup remember to wash your hands. Avoiding touching walls, cabinets, or doors before you do will keep their surfaces cleaner. A mat at the door and taking shoes off before coming inside will save wear and tear on your hardwood floors and carpets. Afterall, once the dirt and grime are tracked in, that means there's more cleaning and scrubbing needed. All this mechanical action on your surfaces will mean even more wear and tear, which means eventual replacement would be the outcome.

When a pipe in your house is clogged, it can go from a bit of a slow-running drain to a much larger problem relatively quickly. Clearing hair out of shower and sink drains regularly, and only flushing toilet paper down the toilet (not cleansing wipes, feminine products, diapers, or paper towels) are some preventative measures your pipes will benefit from.

Our home is our haven. Being cognizant of some preventative home maintenance measures will ensure that we enjoy the benefits and worry less about the potential problems.

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson and Realtor, accredited home stager, and author of the book 'Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate.' She lives in Tolland with her husband, Todd, an associate broker and Realtor. Together ,they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at www.RollandRealtyGroup.com or 866-408-8059."The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC. or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the "Company"). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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