You Could Be Wrecking Your Home — And Not Know It (Yet)

First-time homeowners often make these 9 common — and avoidable — mistakes. Don’t be one of them.

You haven’t felt like this since you were a teenager. You have a crush on your new house. (You’re officially a home buyer — wait — owner!)

It’s soooooo great. You love its quirks. It’s your very first home, and you want to do everything right.

The feeling is fun, but also scary: You remember too well how badly you screwed up that first crush as a teenager (so embarrassing. Don’t ask).

Could you screw this up too?

No need to freak out. You can make this love a lasting one. For now, keep an eye out for these common no-nos that can result from good intentions.

#1 Using Bleach as a Cure-All

If bleach is your chicken soup for whatever ails your home, proceed with caution.

Bleach can:

  • Eat through the sealant on stone surfaces like granite
  • Discolor laminate and colored grout
  • Fade enamel and acrylic tubs
  • Dissolve vinyl and linseed-based flooring like linoleum
  • Corrode seals within the disposal

In addition, bleach kills mold on non-porous surfaces, but can feed future mold growth on absorbent and porous materials, like grout. Yep, whitening grout with bleach creates a mold feeding ground. Whoops.

Better options? Water and vinegar are all you need for most cleaning jobs. If you’ve got a heftier mold or mildew issue, apply a commercial anti-fungal product.

And to clean your disposal, just dump cold water and ice cubes down the hatch.

#2 Training Ivy to Climb Your House

You’ve dreamed of living in an ivy-covered English cottage since childhood. Well, sorry for this, then:

“Anything that climbs on the house will damage it,” says Marianne Binetti, a speaker and author who leads garden tours around the world.

The horticulture expert made the mistake herself.

“It looked cool for a while, but it dug into the siding so even when we pulled it off, it left damage. And it climbed up the drain pipe and tore the gutter off the house,” she says.

By sending roots beneath siding and shingles, ivy enlarges tiny cracks in brick and wood, introducing entrances for moisture and insects, says Jay Markanich, a certified home inspector based in Bristow, Va.

#3 Relying on Chemical Drain Cleaners

Clogged sink! Again! Pay a plumber more than $100, or grab a $10 product at the store? You can totally handle this one yourself, right?

Possibly. But the most common active ingredients in these solutions, hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid, can erode your pipes.

Even the old baking-soda-and-vinegar medley can result in cracked pipes, as the reaction causes a build-up of pressure.

Old-fashioned “mechanical” methods — your plunger, a drain snake, or a handy $2 gadget called the Zip-It — are safer and more effective, according to “Consumer Reports.”

And if that fails, that call to the plumber doesn’t sound so bad compared to an eroded or busted pipe, no?

#4 Using Glass Cleaners on Mirrors

Your newfound house crush has you scrubbing and spritzing everything. Look at you being so lovingly domestic!

But be cautious with your mirrors. Spraying can lead to what’s ominously called “black edge” — created when a liquid seeps beneath the reflective backing and lifts it.

Instead, clean mirrors with a lint-free microfiber cloth, dampened with warm water — especially mirrors in expensive, installed items like vanities and closet doors.

Avoid the edges and dry immediately with a second cloth.

#5 Planting Trees ThisClose to Anything

Kind of like adopting an adorable, tiny piglet on a whim, you’ve got to remember how a baby tree is going to grow, and what it’s going to require at maturity.

You probably don’t want a 70-pound pig digging up your daisies, and you definitely don’t want a tree root pushing through your driveway, sidewalk or — so much worse! — your foundation.

And watch out for evergreens. If planted too close to the house, they cast too much shade, encouraging mold growth, Binetti says.

Position trees according to its maximum height, crown size, and root spread. For perspective, even a small tree reaching less than 30 feet tall needs at least 6 feet of clearance from any exterior wall, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.

#6 Using the Wrong Caulk

As a dutiful homeowner, when you see failing caulk, you fix it. But the term “caulk” is as broad as the word “glue.”

There’s kitchen and bath caulk, concrete caulk, gutter caulk, mortar caulk — and that’s just the tip of the caulk-berg. And just like you’d never fix broken pottery with a glue stick, you don’t want to pick the wrong caulk either.

Markanich sees plenty of damage done when the wrong caulk is used. Such as using silicone caulk (totally great on non-porous surfaces like bathtubs) on concrete or brick or other porous surfaces. It won’t adhere, and moisture can seep in, compromising the bond and the structure.

Before heading to the store, check an online buying guide to find the right match for the project you’re doing. Odds are there’s a specific caulk just for it.

#7 Over-Sealing Countertops

Take care of your countertop, but don’t smother the darn thing.

Applying sealant too frequently can create a cloudy or streaky appearance on surfaces like natural stone, concrete, butcher block, and glass, which typically only require occasional resealing to resist stains. (Quartz, laminates, and solid surfaces like Corian are best left sans-sealer.)

How to know it’s time to reseal? Drip some water on a high-use area of the countertop. If the water doesn’t remain beaded after 15 minutes, consider resealing.

But always defer to your manufacturer’s recommendations. Different materials can have different needs.

#8 Over-Mulching

Nothing feels closer to giving your home a hug than being elbow deep in a landscaping project. But when it comes to mulch (which is so great, for so many reasons), it turns out elbow deep is a little too much love.

A layer thicker than 3 inches can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots, so spread thoughtfully.

#9 Piling Firewood Next to Your Exterior Wall

Your fireplace is the highlight of your home. You love it. That’s why you keep your firewood right outside the back door, for easy access.

Oops. Storing firewood against your home’s exterior walls is akin to opening a B&B for termites.

In fact, “anything that creates a dark, climate-controlled area near the house will invite termites” and other pests into your home, Markanich says.

In one of the worst termite cases he’s seen, he found an enormous termite colony on an exterior wall in a bathroom, which got its foothold in a pile of bricks outside.

Twenty feet is a safe distance from home for firewood — and still not too far to go to fuel your awesome fireplace.

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Price Reduction on Beautiful Home 2705 Cave Springs Place, Anchorage KY

Offering a unique lifestyle with all of the comforts of luxury in this secluded 6BR/5 full/2half BA home in Anchorage. Immediately upon entering the home you will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the extra wide dentil and crown molding, and wainscoting, as well as gleaming hardwood floors. To the left of the foyer is a sunken parlor/office with recessed lighting, hand-tooled built-in bookshelves and double pocket doors for privacy that open into the massive great room. The cathedral ceilings, palladium window, skylights and wall of windows across the back of the home will bring nature inside. A beautiful gas fireplace will invite you to sit in front of a fire and read your favorite book from one of the many shelves of the built-in bookcase.

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Wait until you see the gourmet kitchen with its copper roof gazebo style breakfast area with crank-out windows. A chef’s delight is the state-of-the-art kitchen. Picture friends sitting around the oversized breakfast bar with double sided cabinets as you prepare meals with the Monogram/Advantum appliances. Featured is tall beautiful Butterscotch Cherry cabinets that boast glass fronts, recessed lighting, large walk-in pantry, patterned tile backsplash and large Antique Ivory colored island. You will love celebrating holidays in the festive ambience of the formal dining room with its glass inset for a side table, ceiling to floor transom window, dentil molding and trey ceilings. There is also a powder room and double sized laundry room with built-in cabinets and utility sink. There is a masterfully designed addition on the first level that includes accommodations for an elevator shaft. You will find this area can be used as the master suite or a mother-in-law suite. The living room offers a gas fireplace with floor to ceiling double windows, dentil molding, recessed lighting and entrance to a deck. An efficiency area with black granite countertop, antique white cabinets, and bar refrigerator can be found in the suite. The bathroom is memorable with its gorgeous marble flooring, glassed shower with steamer and body wash jets, Jacuzzi tub and extended custom designed vanity with built-in cabinets and drawers. It is absolutely stunning. The bedroom has transom double pane floor to ceiling windows with recessed lighting and intricate crown molding. There is an additional room that can be used as a closet where conduit is installed to accommodate an elevator. Washer and dryer hookup can also be found. There are back stairs leading to the basement and 2nd level. The large master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its layout of the sitting area and vaulted ceilings. The ensuite has extended granite countertops, custom designed cabinets and drawers, skylight, Jacuzzi, walk-in shower and linen closet. The 2nd bedroom is large and has a walk-in closet. A Jack-n-Jill bathroom links the 3rd and 4th bedroom together. The 4th bedroom has a Cedar closet. The hall bathroom hosts a double vanity with cabinets and drawers. Additionally, there is an enormous bonus room with full bathroom attached. You reach the basement from either of the 2 staircases in the home. Featured in the basement is a family room with gas fireplace, conduit in place for a projector screen, crank out windows and a kitchen with Corian countertops and custom designed cabinets. The full bathroom has a tiled shower. Entertain your guests in the game room.

The extensive outdoor living space is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Listen to the soothing waterfall flow into the Koi fishpond from the two fountains that provide an ambience of peace and tranquility as you unwind after a busy day. Grill your favorite dish on the oversized deck with built-in seating. Enjoy a cold beverage under the enclosed covered porch that has a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. There is a 3-car garage with side entry. You will find generous features in this home including intercom system throughout the home, central vacuuming, 2 sump pumps, radon system, selective area generator, irrigation system and Spray System instead of sewers. A superb residence in every respect that is located on a tree lined street. We invite you to take a private tour and see this impeccably maintained home and its peaceful, easy living. Call today.

9204 Watterson Trail, Louisville Ky 40291

Welcome home to this spacious 3BR/2.5 BA home in popular Watterson Woods. Enter the living room and immediately notice the abundance of natural sunlight. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the dining area’s festive atmosphere. Through French doors, you will find a beautiful Florida room where you can unwind from one’s busy day as you find solitude overlooking a creek and treed area through the many windows. The room offers heating and air conditioning and there is a storage room, as well as a private entrance onto the 2-car carport. The eat-in kitchen boasts beautiful cabinets and plenty of counter space for preparing meals. Picture many hours of relaxation in front of the wood-burning fireplace in the family room.

There are 3 bedrooms on the 2nd level with the master bedroom having its own bathroom. Host many gatherings on the deck that is perfect for grilling and entertaining your family and friends. Centrally located only minutes from Hikes Point, J-Town or Fern Creek, you will find plenty of entertainment, shopping and restaurants. This home is ready for immediate occupancy so schedule your private showing today.

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Things change with time

As a kid in Louisville, my family lived both near Melbourne Heights Elementary and then later off Browns Lane on Rockwood Drive. I can remember what we used to call the “Pink” building as a landmark. It was finished in 1965 and opened as Lincoln Life in 1966. Now we call this Kaden Towers, or the building where Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is at. During those times 264 was still a 2 lane road with it only going part of the way around the city. Hurstbourne Pkwy was hurstbourne land and just barely a 2 lane road. Now it is a rapid moving 4 lane highway.

When we lived off of Browns Lane there was only tobacco and corn fields behind our home where now stands country clubs, and 1000’s of homes.

The first mall opened in 1961 and that was Mall St Matthews and when it first opened was called simply, “The Mall.” We were so excited when it opened with the fountains and stores. Roses, Kaufman-Straus and yes even an A&P grocery as the anchor stores for The Mall.

These are just a few of the things I remember while living in Louisville the first time.

This was the big city, where we would go to downtown to buy uniforms at Graves Cox and spent all of our waking hours outdoors enjoying ourselves. Each mom had their own way of calling for the kids to come home. My mom’s was to hold two fingers in her mouth and make a real shrill whistle to tell us it was time for dinner.

I hope you have fond memories of when you were growing up as well. Tell someone about it and keep the memories alive.

Open House 7920 Nature Way Louisville Ky 40218

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Conveniently located in Orchard Lakes at Breckenridge this home has 3BR/2.5BA. Enter the home off the covered front porch and you will find a spacious open floor plan. This fall and winter the great room will offer many hours of relaxation in front of the gas fireplace. Have a few friends over to visit and you can still share time with them as you prepare meals in the large eat-in kitchen. Lots of counter space makes this a chef’s delight! Enjoy many holiday gatherings in the formal dining room. There is a powder room also on the 1st level. The master bedroom is complimented with cathedral ceilings and walk-in closet. The master bathroom has double vanities, garden tub and shower. 

 There are an additional two bedrooms, as well as a full bathroom on the 2nd level. Host many cookouts and gatherings in the large backyard. With shopping, entertainment and restaurants within minutes, you will find everything at your fingertips! Priced to sell! You do not want to miss this Open house! See ya there!

Prospect amazing place to live and visit!

This area was first known as Sand Hill in the late 18th century. This small town along the Ohio River was incorporated as city in 1974. Estimated population for 2014 was around 5,000. This small town has quite a bit to offer! 5 star hotels, 4 star restaurants, many parks and even a pond to go fishing!

Let’s do some Fun facts:

Prospect Kentucky is growing, community and employment wise.

  • The median age for Prospect is mid 3o’s to late 40’s.
  • Ranked #3 for Safest Cities for Families with young children.
  • Income taxes are 5.80 %.
  • Family median Income ism 147,000.

One of the major attractions for this small town is a place called Paint and sip. Your place to paint, sip and create! Located in Norton Commons, we offer a variety of arts and crafts classes…beyond just canvas! Gather your friends, pick a beautiful art project from our class calendar, add a drink or two from our bar, and you have the recipe for the perfect night out! (Excerpt from Paint and Sip) Rita Yussman a local award-winning artist for her work on Kentucky Derby posters teaches a class at a Paint and Sip shop, from the reviews it’s an excellent place to share with a loved one or some friends.

COWLEY PARK: A two-acre park with a traditional gazebo that can be reserved for family activities, Community celebrations such as 4th of July festivals and summer music fests. Prospect is also big on keeping families safe. They offer a program called “House Watch”, if you go out of town you can request to have police patrol your home. An extra piece of mind to any homeowner. Prospect has one of the highest ranked elementary schools in the area. The reviews rave of how dedicated and positive the staff are at the school. Goshen at Hillcrest Elementary is ranked with 10 stars!! There are several sub divisions in Prospect that have beautiful homes, several sub-divisions, to be exact 10 different neighborhoods. Part of Prospect Kentucky is Oldham County, which has great schools and tax benefits. The other half is Jefferson County, with social and political benefits.

  • Pros of living in Prospect Kentucky
  • The Cost of Living
  • Arts and Culture
  • Attractive historic district

Bert says: “It has a prosperous river town character with a distinct southern accent.”

After doing research on this small town, it seems to have some friendliness and good down home country feel. Great school systems and a good employment rate.

If you are looking for a small town with a big town feel, Prospect Kentucky is the place to be!! A good place for the kids to go to school, dad to go fishing and family fun!! Close to the Big City of Louisville with the small town feel. Prospect Kentucky may be just what you’re looking for to purchase your next home. Family living and prosperous. Let us show you some of the beautiful homes this little town has to offer! Give us a call to schedule a showing today!