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Three Quick Fixes for the Usual Homeowner Problems

Being a homeowner comes with its fair share of responsibilities. For one, you’ll have to make sure that you pay all your dues on time so you won’t have to deal with a bad credit score that will stay on your history for a long while. Aside from that, never missing a deadline can lead to a stellar financial record.

And having your own house means that you can do whatever you want without having to compromise with others unless you’re living with other people. However, that also means that you’re in charge of household maintenance to ensure that everything is working in good condition and not malfunctioning.

If you really think about it, the advantages of homeownership clearly outweigh all the disadvantages that it comes with. Plus, you’ll have the freedom to decorate your own space however you please, which in itself is an advantageous factor to consider. It’s safe to say that homeownership rules.

But it’s not free of faults because, like everything in life, homeownership has its ups and downs. While the ups can improve your overall quality of life, the downs are pesky annoyances that you’re simply better off without. That’s why it’s a good thing that there are quick fixes to these common problems, such as:

Losing Precious Time with Your Manual Garage Door

When you have your own car, you may use your garage more than you do your front door. That’s you travel to and from where you need to go by using your car, so of course, it’s more practical to use the garage door. On average, you use that entryway at least twice in one day.

However, if you have a manual door that you have to open and close every time you pass through, it can be a complete waste of your time. This is especially true if you’re running late to work or a meeting and still have to go through the entire process when you could simply be pushing a button.

If you’re tired of dealing with your manual and heavy garage door every day, a quick solution to this is by making an upgrade. Save yourself the annoyance and call a professional garage door service to upgrade your manual entryway into automatic. Think of it as an investment for your convenience.

Young man feel cold at home.

Drafty Air Seeping Through the Cracks in Your Home

No house is free from cracks and crevices that allow outside air to enter. That could be considered a blessing on particularly hot summer days because it helps cool the internal temperature, but it will be a nightmare once the colder seasons come. If your house feels drafty, it could force you to crank up your heating, thereby costing you more money and energy.

It’s a good thing that there’s a quick fix to this problem: installing weather-stripping. By sealing all the potential air leaks on your windows and doors, you can reduce the amount of outside air entering your home. This will lessen the draftiness inside your house and save you more energy in the process.

Choosing the right weather-stripping material is key to your success. You can use various materials to seal the air leaks in your home, but they are made to be used in specific locations. For instance, tension seals are perfect for the sides of doors, while reinforced silicone is better for doorjambs and window stops.

Throwing Money at an Expensive Water Bill

Many homeowners are not aware that a big chunk of the amount they are paying for their water bill is wasted water. This is because many outdated and traditional plumbing fixtures consume unnecessarily high volumes of water every time they are used, which ends up being wasted.

This could mean that most, if not all, homeowners are unconsciously throwing their money away because of their outdated fixtures. Shedding a few dollars off the total water bill may not seem like much, but imagine all the water being wasted simply because people don’t want to make the upgrade.

Consider switching all your outdated plumbing fixtures for water-efficient ones, such as low-flow showerheads or dual-flush toilets, if you want to save more money on your bills. This way, you can also conserve more water, especially considering that the average American household uses over 300 gallons (epa.gov) (ca. 1,136 liters) of water a day.

Many of the problems that arise in the household come with many solutions, but sometimes, homeowners make them out to be bigger than they are. Taking the time to look at a problem from different perspectives will almost always help you devise a better solution that’s more apt and fitting for your unique situation.


Resources:

https://pricesdoors.com/

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/weatherstripping-101/

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011), BonAppetit.com, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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