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The Aaron Advantage
The Aaron Advantage

Never Ever Do This...To Your Home

Whether you are a new homeowner, or have been one for years, there are a few things you just shouldn't ever do outside, inside or when remodeling your home.  Here are a few:

OUTDOORS

Plant the Wrong Trees - Some trees roots can cause all sorts of issues around your home from destroying concrete to creeping into your water drainage pipes and causing major issues. Not to mention, planting a tree too close to your home can potentially cause damage if there is a bad storm or strong wind that could blow a limb on your home.   Some trees can have short life spans, too, which can be costly if they die early and you need to have it removed or replaced.  So, do your research and find what the best trees are for you to plant in your yard.

Skip the Last Mow Before Winter - Leaving the lawn too tall in cold months gives mice and other rodents good cover from predators, like hawks. Which means they've got safe passage to work their way into your warm and cozy home for the winter. Plus, keeping grass short keeps it healthier for the winter months.

Leave Hoses Connected in Winter - This is a big NO NO!  Doing this can cause a frozen faucet, which can bust and not only leak water outside (costing a fortune) but also cause water damage to your home as well!  Always disconnect your hoses from the faucet before the freezing temps set in!

INDOORS

Put Starches in a Garbage Disposal - Starchy foods such as potatoes, rice and oatmeal, clump when they hit water, clogging disposals and pipes. Instead, put them in the garbage can or, even better, your compost pile.

No Flushing Wipes - Even supposed flushable wipes clog sewer lines causing problems all the time, so don't ever flush wipes.

Don't Use Drain Cleaner - Using drain cleaner or other harsh chemicals can not only damage your pipes, but, can damage your sinks or toilets as well.  Try a plumbing snake or better yet, call a plumber.  It might be more costly up front, but, it will save you a lot more than having to replace damages pipes or fixtures!

REMODELING

Don't Remove the Only Tub - Bathtubs can make or break a sale at times.  It's best to keep at least one in your home.  If you don't have one, maybe considering adding one if you are going to be putting your home on the market.  But certainly, don't take out the only one.

Don't Remove Architectural Features - Custom millwork, tin ceiling tiles, and mid-century modern brick give your home its character, so keep them if you're remodeling (assuming they're not in awful condition). Buyers appreciate these one-of-a-kind details, and preserving them sets your home apart.

Don't Remove a Load Bearing Wall - If you want to have one removed, make sure you get a professional because you will need to have additional support added to your home when it's removed or you can do horrible damage to your home.

These are just a few things you should never do.  Check out this article from HouseLogic.com for even more things to stay away from!
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