Bad habits that could be damaging your home

Most of us develop bad household habits or behaviours over time, but while some are harmless, there are those that could be damaging your home or causing a decrease in its value.

Forgetting to clean out your appliances’ filters

While it’s easy to forget that some appliances have filters that need to be removed and cleaned, failing to do so can drastically reduce the performance and lifespan of your appliances. Some appliances, like your tumble dryer, could become a potential health or safety hazard if the filters aren’t something that is properly and regularly cleaned.

Food scraps in the kitchen sink

Perhaps one of the most common bad habits is the tendency to wash uneaten food scraps down the sink instead of scraping them into the bin when it comes time to wash up. This build-up could eventually cause your sink to clog up or your pipes to be blocked which could be an unpleasant and costly exercise to fix.

Not cleaning your oven

Failing to clean your oven after cooking, especially if there were any spillages, is a habit worth breaking. Not only could your next meal be ruined when those spillages start to smoke and burn, but this could lead to an oven fire. To be safe, always wipe down the inside of your oven after use and once it has cooled.

Neglecting the paintwork

Paint is not only useful for aesthetic reasons. Most paint is designed to help protect the surfaces it covers. If you’re not in the habit of maintaining your wooden floors for example, it’s likely that rot could set in which is a costly affair to remove. Similarly, paint can help prevent rust from building up on exterior railings and other metal surfaces.

While it can be seen how easy it is to unconsciously damage our homes, it’s never too late to turn our bad habits or behaviours around and do the opposite! After all, a little effort and awareness never hurt anyone, and our homes are certainly no exception.

• Information supplied by Private Property.

Also read: WATCH: Joburg Property Buyer Show brings value to developers

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