It’s never a smooth road, and most of the time us homeowners are left cursing and wondering why we ever bought a home in the first place.
The problems we seem to have, our parents never seemed to!
Or if they did they dealt with it a lot easier than we do.
There are some really common issues that everyone will go through at some point during their time owning a home, so preparing for them in advance is the best thing that you can do.
Some countries are more prone to things that could really damage their homes.
For example, those who live in certain parts of the US have all the storms and hurricanes to deal with, whilst others have the blistering cold and high levels of snow fall.
One thing we do all share in common is a desire to make sure we’re avoiding as many of the most common disasters there are. So here is a guide to help you do just that!
Break ins are one of the most truly terrifying things to be a part of.
Most of the time they happen when people aren’t in, but as of late they’re happening more and more when a family is asleep rather than out.
Possibly because the people trying to break in think there will be less security protection is a family is in.
For example, if a family had gone out for the day, they’re more likely to put the home alarm on than if they were all inside and safe and sound.
Some thieves are now using toys and food to distract pets from alerting their owners as well.
Some dogs are good and just bark on the first sight of seeing a stranger, however others prefer the sweet smell of food as a distraction.
Thieves will then hunt out things such as car keys, take valuables such as TV’s, phones, laptops etc.
They’ll then race off quickly before any one is truly alerted.
They’ll rarely ever come upstairs if a family is in.
So, it sound pretty scary doesn’t it, knowing someone is creeping around your home.
So what can you do to prevent it?
Well, the first step is making sure you have an alarm set no matter what.
Even if it means you turning it off every time you go down for a drink at night, at least it’ll wake you up if someone unwanted is in your home.
You can also make sure the dog is somewhere where they will bark if they see someone, that’s if they’re a barky sort of dog.
Putting thieve repellent around your home can also help. We’re not talking about a spray that literally repels thieves.
We’re talking about fake CCTV cameras, stickers warning them of the dog etc.
You’ve found your dream home, it has absolutely everything you want within the home itself, and the surrounding areas.
You move into the dream home, and when you’re trying to drift softly off to sleep, all you can hear is the banging of music, or the screaming from an argument, or people pulling up and leaving all the time.
What do you have to deal with here?
You’re really unlucky if you get one of these, they can totally ruin your experience as a homeowner.
Plus, as long as they’re not breaking laws, there’s not much that you can do.
If they’re being loud late at night then you can file a noise complaint, but that’ll only worsen the feud that could potentially grow between you.
If you’re ever stuck with a really bad neighbor, all you need to do is try and talk to them to see what they think about the situation.
They might not even think they’re doing anything wrong, and a simple nudge in the right direction might make them the best neighbor you’ve ever had.
We’ve already spoke about the unwanted guest that is the home thieve, but there are plenty more unwanted guests that could work their way into your home if they really wanted to.
We’re talking about pests and other animals that might be attracted to your home.
Depending on what part of the world you live in, you might be a bit more used to this than others.
Little pests in particular such as ants, spiders, and other insects are the worst.
They’re so creepy and seem to be able to worm their way into any part of a home.
What you need to do in this situation is make sure you’re contacting companies such as ABC Home & Commercial.
A professional company that will handle all your pest problems and get your home back to the way it was in no time.
If you’ve had a really big epidemic on your hands, you need to figure out what might have caused it to prevent it happening in the future.
If it was something like ants or cockroaches, we guarantee someone left something nice and sticky lying around to attract them.
Even if it was something small such as a little splash of fizzy pop on the floor that wasn’t wiped up, it could still cause a problem.
Make sure you and your family are keeping the home squeaky clean from anything like this and you should be fine.
Plumbing issues can be one of the most costly you’ll ever face as a homeowner, and one of the most annoying to fix.
A plumbing issue has the power to force you out of your own home if it is bad enough. It usually starts small and builds itself up until we’re aware of it.
One of the most common areas for a plumbing issue to happen is the shower.
Slowly it’ll drip and drip over time, until one day you’ll notice a little wet patch on the ceiling downstairs.
If you ever do see something like this, never ignore it.
Make sure you’re contacting a professional to get the mess cleared up as quick as possible.
If you’re really unlucky, your plumbing issue will happen whilst you’re on holiday, where there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it because you won’t even know about it.
By the time you come home the majority of your home will be flooded , and there will be a hell of a lot to sort out on your end.
The best thing you can do in this situation is clear out absolutely everything that can be saved, and make sure you’re calling both a plumber and a flood home clean up team to get your home back to normal in the quickest time possible.
This one is not as serious as the things we’ve already listed, but it’s something that pretty much every homeowner has to go through at some point.
There’s so many apps and websites where you can now see what homes are on the market, looking through them is undoubtedly going to give you home envy.
That burning desire to go and move to a new home to get the bigger kitchen, or the extra bathroom, or the different facing garden.
It can actually become a really big problem for a lot of homeowners!
If you’re experiencing this, try and remember the good about your home, and think back to the hassle of moving.
Do you really want to go through all of that again?
If the answer is truly yes, then you best get looking for your new dream home!
So, have you dealt with any of these issues before? If you have, what have your strategies been for coping with them?