You discover that your roof is starting to fall and you fix it. Your walls start to crack and you do something about it. Seeing that your house’s paint job is beginning to peel off and you do not wait long to call a service provider to solve the situation. Yes, we like prioritizing major house repairs. After all, they demand our attention, and they seem to can’t wait. Waiting would mean worsening of the problem. It makes sense.
What does not make sense is neglecting smaller house concerns that at first might seem insignificant. Well, there is no such thing. Everything in the house that’s not in order will have effects on how livable your home is. Consider these pesky problems that will affect your peace of mind.
Maybe one day you see a line of ants marching on the floor from outside your kitchen door. And since they are too little and probably a little cute, you ignore them. The next thing you know your kitchen pantry is crawling with those tiny creatures and you have no choice but to call an ant control service.
Here the lesson is simple. Do not let pest concerns get out of hand. You also need to be wary of rats and cockroaches. Aside from how their presence will make your skin crawl, they also bring diseases like leptospirosis and dysentery, among others.
So one day you walk into your garage, and you notice a leak from the ceiling. It’s nothing major, just drops of accumulated rain on your roof, falling in two-minute intervals. You decide to let it be.
The next day you walk into your garage ready for a big meeting at the office, wearing your best corporate outfit. Then a bucket’s worth of rain falls on your head. You get soaked, and obviously, you go back inside to fix yourself. That could have been avoided if you had fixed the problem in the first place.
Creaky doors or windows
You do not want to live in a walking nightmare. Creaky doors and windows are recipes for a horror house. If you like keeping your windows open to let some fresh air inside the house, you won’t be able to fully commit to the relaxation you want to experience if every time the wind blows your windows make at best weird and, at worst, scary grating sounds.
Or you do not want to be sleeping at night only to wake up to your bathroom door creaking like you’ve woken up to a home invasion. Your doors and windows should make you feel safe. Not threatened.
Maybe you have a couple of loose tiles on the kitchen floor. And every time you step on them the wrong way, they get disentangled from where they are supposed to be. So you bend down to put them back.
Consider all the times you have to repeat that process. Add up those seconds you devote to manually placing those loose tiles back to where they belong. You could have done something worthwhile with that time. Perhaps write your year-end report. Or start the campaign deck you’ve been putting on hold.
Whether it’s your shower drain or the drain in your kitchen sink, slow-draining drains will test your patience. After all, you cannot move on with whatever’s next to your daily routine without waiting for the drain to completely, well, drain. If you’re running late for work, or you have a baby shouting at the next room, you will find yourself scratching your head, grappling with a difficult decision. Let the non-draining drain be and attend to more important matters or succumb to your low-key obsessive compulsiveness.
At some point, you will realize that there’s no use wasting time waiting. You could easily call a service provider to have those drains fixed.
Your home is an extension of yourself. You must take care of it with the same keenness as you do your body and soul. The next time you see pests or loose tiles, do not ignore them. They threaten the health of your home. A quick call will introduce you to people who could be of help.
Or you can do it yourself. These days, DIYing stuff is easy. That’s thanks to online tutorials that simplify processes whose applications used to be exclusive to experts. Even if you’re not the handiest person in your neighborhood, those tutorials will guide you through the completion of any home-related project. All you need is a can-do attitude.