Once you’ve bought a new house you may be lulled into a false sense of security. You have a house, right? That’s surely the end of it, happy days from here on out, yes?
Sadly that is not correct. Homeowners have a host of responsibilities that come as soon as they have signed on the dotted line. If you’ve recently bought a house, chances are there are at least five common household problems that you have not been warned about.
Here Are 5 Common Household Problems You Don’t Get Warned About:
1. Roof Damage
Unless your house is brand new, there is every chance that your roof has some signs of wear and tear. Things to look out for include; leaky or clogged gutters, missing shingles, and a collection of granules on the roof.
As your roof ages, exposure to the elements can result in a collection of granules that accumulate on your roof. Be sure to get your roof checked out as soon as possible – the faster you can get the issues repaired, the less money and time it will take to get your roof looking as good as new again.
If the ground around your house is soggy, or you have areas where water accumulates, you could have problems with drainage which can lead to bug invasions. Check the areas surrounding your house, if there are unexplained areas of growth that exceed others then you probably have some drainage issues that you need to address.
Call a professional in to check for you, particularly if you notice water stains on the foundation of your house.
3. Power Surges
Learn to do regular electrical checks around your house. Check for outlets with burning marks and listen for buzzing sounds coming from the plug points. If the circuit breakers in your house trip often, you need to call an electrician to come out and assess the severity of your problem.
Power surges can damage appliances and are one of the leading causes of house fires. Get a decent home warranty plan and see what is covered under the American Home Shield coverage packages.
4. Maintenance Issues
The prospect of spending thousands of dollars on home repairs is every homeowner’s worst nightmare, but the sad truth is that it is a reality for many of us.
There are some common red flags to look out for – those can include mold and mildew, sagging gutters, and cracked siding.
Overlooking house maintenance is not recommended; those problems will never resolve themselves, and the longer you wait to repair them, the more they will cost to fix.
There are a few things that potential buyers fail to look out for when they view a house. These things include countertop stains because these can be difficult to notice at first glance.
The only way to fix these stains is to use a solvent like a peroxide or ammonia – and then use a porous material like a paper towel to apply them. That should lift it right off the counter and leave you with beautifully clean and stain-free countertops.
Learn to fix the small things before they become the big things.