Overcoming Those Most Annoying Homeowner Issues

Overcoming Those Most Annoying Homeowner Issues

Yes, owning a home can be enjoyable, but let’s also be realistic: from time to time, it’s nothing
but a pain. Just when you think that you’ve got everything just right, something pops up to derail
your enjoyment. Alas, this is just part and parcel of being a homeowner! The good news is that
you rarely have to settle for a problem that is driving you mad. Below, we take a look at those
common homeowner issues, and offer advice on how to ensure they don’t cause more problem
than necessary.

Overcoming Those Most Annoying Homeowner Issues

The Noise Won’t Stop

Who wants to live in a house where you can hear all the noise that’s happening outside? No-one! It can derail those cozy nights in when you’re just trying to watch television; those romantic meals go out of the window, and sleep? Not possible without earplugs. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to bring some peace and quiet to your property. For starters, take a look at your windows and doors – do they let in more sound than is normal? You can also buy noise-cancelling curtains, and cover up any bare wall spaces with decorations, bookcases, and so on.

That Dog Smell

You love your pooch, but there’s getting around the fact that well, they have a habit of bringing in a bad smell that you just can’t seem to shake. While you could argue that it gives your home some character…you’d rather that it didn’t. So what options do you have? First, get rid of your dog. OK, not really. Instead, give your dog weekly baths, deep-clean your sofa/rugs, and air out the rooms where the smell is strongest. It’ll never go away completely, but you can do things to keep the smell to a minimum.

There’s Been Water Damage

You never know when a severe storm will strike, especially now that we’re beginning to feel the effects of climate change. That means that homes that were previously risk-free are now at risk of flooding. So what do you do if you wake up and you’ve got a basement that’s full of water? The first thing to do is call for help immediately. Hiring a professional will help to get rid of the water quickly, reducing the amount of damage that it’s able to do. Letting the water sit there will expose your home to a whole host of problems that you don’t want to contend with.

Trends are Changing

This problem can sneak up on people. You’ve finished decorating all of your house, have settled into enjoying the fruits of your labor, and then, slowly but surely, things aren’t quite what they were. This happens for two reasons: first, trends change. What was in vogue five years ago is considered dated today. Second, minor imperfections begin to creep in, which can greatly reduce the overall look and quality of the home. To prevent waking up one morning and realizing, “oh dear, my home isn’t what it was,” it’s a good idea to subtly improve things as you go along. Sure, it takes a bit more effort, but it’s much easier to make small improvements rather than to wait until things have to be changed to get to work.

The Bills Are Way Too High

Now, it’ll come as no shock to you when we say it’s not cheap to be a homeowner. The cost of the property is bad enough, but then there’s the matter of all those bills! Alas, you are going to have to spend money on bills – they’re unavoidable – but you probably don’t have to spend quite as much as you are now. There are plenty of ways to reduce money on home expenses. For starters, cancel any unnecessary expenses, such as cable; you can live without it. From there, it’s about monitoring your energy use, and taking steps to keep it a minimum by doing things such as buying energy efficient technology, turning off lights, and so on.

Dealing with Pests

One day, everything is fine; the next, you’re beginning to notice that you may have additional guests in your home. Nobody wants to have pests in their home, but if you’re not careful, that’s just what can happen. You can take steps to prevent this from happening, however. These include making sure any gaps into your home are sealed up, that you’re not leaving food out (including dog food), and that the home is kept clean. If you do find yourself with an infestation, call an expert out – they won’t have any fear of the creepy crawlies or whatever it is that’s calling your house home.

Overcoming Those Most Annoying Homeowner Issues

Slow Draining Sink

It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it is annoying. If you’ve got a slow draining sink, then you’ll be continually waiting for the water to disappear before you get on with your life! Worse still if it’s in the shower, and you’re forever washing yourself in a few inches of water at your feet. To stop this happening, first, pull out any gunk with your hand. Then, pour down equal parts baking soda and white vinegar, let it sit for a while, and then wash it away with boiling water. It should do the trick; if not, use a snake pipe to clear any debris you can’t reach with your hand.

You’re Not Happy With It

Oh dear. You might have bought your home with the best of intentions, but now you’re there, you don’t like! Buyer’s remorse is a real thing, but keep your dislike in perspective – it’ll mostly like pass once you’ve made it your own.

Final Thoughts

To own a property is a blessing and a curse. Some days, all is right with the world; on others, you regret that you ever bought the place! But by taking steps to keep those annoying issues to a minimum, you’ll be able to enjoy your property more often than not. And if they still don’t work, you can always sell up and move into nature!

*The preceding is a collaborative post.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.