Home Ownership is most everyone’s dream … and maintaining this valuable asset is on-going! Interestingly, owners may overdo it with it comes to the upkeep. This Old House recently spotlighted some of these over zealous activities.
- Light bulbs that are too bright … exceeding a lamp of light fixture’s recommended wattage can be dangerous, particularly with incandescents or halogen lights. Too-high wattage may cause a fixture and/or its wiring to overheat and may lead to a house fire.
- Over scrubbing a sink … abrasive cleansers, those with grit or grain to them, can scratch the sink and wear away the finish, dulling it. Use a cleanser like vinegar or lemon juice and avoid daily cleansing.
- Planting trees near driveways or walkways … will put your slab at risk. Keep smaller trees at least 10 feet from any paved areas and a radius of 20 feet for taller trees.
- Excessive mulch around plants or trees … will suffocate plants and prevent water from percolating into the soil. Have mulch no thicker than 3 inches.
- Over doing it with can lights … recessed lighting, when not properly sealed, is known to cause excessive air leaks, especially in vaulted ceilings or below attics. Another rule of thumb is to use as few recessed lights as you can. A ceiling of lights is a deterrent to a home and not appealing.
- Painting a home … layers of paint is detrimental, especially on an older home. Many of these homes have layers of thicker oil-based paint, which becomes brittle with age. Prior to painting your exterior, carefully power-wash, sand areas in need and use 100% acrylic-resin exterior paint.
- Fertilizing too much … undue amounts of fertilizer will actually spur more weeds to grow! Several lawn experts recommend fertilizing twice a year, late summer and fall. By following these guidelines, you are also giving consideration to the environment. Water runoff from lawn fertilizers leads to an overgrowth of algae, polluting local waterways.
Loretta DiTirro is a licensed Realtor Listing Homes to Sell and Working with Home Buyers in Denver and the West Metro Corridor. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-594-1520,