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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Talk about your own little reserve! Quiet, tucked back, large home! The view of the pond is amazing! 3 bedroom, 4 bath home, close to 4,000 Square feet. This home was used as a multi family home, with a park like setting and privacy!! If quiet is what your looking for, look no further! Take a look at this home and then call to get your own private showing. Check out this breathtaking view. Call us 502-371-1490

8609 Attu Lane Louisville KY 40291

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If you are looking for peaceful living that showcases the beauty of nature, THIS HOME IS FOR YOU! Words cannot describe the outdoor living space. With a little over 7 acres, the property offers many quiet moments of solitude on any of its multiple decks with built-in seating and creek rock patio. As you drive up to the landscaped circular driveway, you will immediately notice and hear the waterfall from the pond and feel the tranquility. Walk down to the dock where the fish stocked from Kentucky Fish & Game will greet you. The one owner 3BR/4.5 BA brick home is perfect for multi-generational living with 2 separate open style living areas. Enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sunrise overlooking the property in the Florida room or main kitchen.

Throughout the home you will find recessed lighting, wainscoting, skylights and abundance of closets and storage areas. The living room has built-in nooks and the sitting room has built-in shelving. Both kitchens have granite countertops and all kitchen appliances remain. Appreciate the magnificent view in the main kitchen through the floor to ceiling Palladium window, as well as skylight in the cathedral ceiling. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals. The large master bedroom is a personal retreat in itself and allows for a sitting area where you can spend hours reading a book. The finished basement is sound proof with extra insulation in the ceiling. There is a bedroom, extended bar with bar sink, cabinets, refrigerator, additional laundry area, and 3 bonus rooms that can be used as an office, recreation room and additional sleeping quarters. One of the bonus rooms has a built-in desk and walk-in closet. The separate basement entrance is great for privacy. The full bathroom has a double vanity with built-in shelving. The 2+ garage is amazing and a handyman/welder’s dream. Wired for 220v electricity, this garage lacks nothing with its tall ceilings, oversized 8 ft garage doors, utility sink, cabinets, workbenches and an oversized work area. The back door leads to a second driveway that can be used to park an RV. Host many gatherings and cookouts using the cook shed featured with lights and electrical outlets. There is a barn and utility shed too. As you can tell, this unique property has so many features that can’t completely be covered in this description. Take a look at our pictures and find yourself dreaming when looking at the surreal seasonal pictures. Discover country living in the middle of Fern Creek only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Schedule your private showing TODAY and be captured by this home’s beauty!

4514 Flushing Way Louisville Ky

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 This home has been lovingly taken care of from top to bottom. This home has 3 bedrooms 1.5 baths, a partially finished basement, 1 car attached and 2.5 car detached garage. The kitchen has been updated in the past couple of years and the home is ready for new owners to make it their own. Just over 400 square feet have been finished in the basement with another close to 600 still available for your imagination on what it should be. This home has lots of storage space a nice level backyard and plenty of room for entertaining. Make your appointment today to see this fantastic home. Owners are including a 2-10 home warranty

New Listing 2301 Winterhaven Ct, Prospect Ky 40059

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Home  Offering easy living in this 6BR/4 full/2 half BA home in Paramont Estates with all of the comforts of luxury. The circular front driveway takes you through the landscaped lawn to the custom designed leaded glass front door with transom window and sidelights. You will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the custom designed extra wide dentil and crown molding, wainscoting, inlayed hardwood flooring, built-in hutch, bookshelves, cabinetry and trim work throughout the home. The home is ADA compliant and has an elevator to take you from floor to floor. The doorways on the first level all have beautiful transom windows. The oversized windows provide an abundance of natural sunlight through the Plantation blinds. There is also new flooring throughout the home. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere. Wait until you see the kitchen where the heart of the home is located. The massive eat-in kitchen is a chef’s delight. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island, with bar sink, visiting as you prepare meals in the state of the art kitchen. Featured are built-in stainless steel appliances including a 6-burner Thermadore stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and double oven. You will be quite impressed by the incredible glass front dining cabinet, granite countertops, custom designed cabinets with magazine rack, as well as the multiple countertops. These are just a few of the items that will entice you. Off the kitchen is a long hallway that leads to the walk-in pantry, 3+ car garage, mudroom/laundry room, 1/2 bath and drop zone where you will find cubbies and plenty of storage. The laundry room has built in cabinets, counter, utility sink, laundry shoot and hanging rod. Relax in the living room reading a book in front of the gas fireplace. A wall of windows with a French door leads you to the oversized deck. Enjoy the magnificent view while having a cup of coffee watching the sunrise on the covered side of the deck. The deck stretches the backside of the home and there is a gas line hookup perfect for hosting cookouts hassle free. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its recessed lighting and crown molding. There is an adjoining room with a wall of built-in bookshelves that can be used as a sitting room or library. The master bathroom is like going to the spa! Stunning marble floors granite counter tops, jetted tub, dual vanities and a custom designed walk-in closet with plenty of drawers. The marble shower has a built-in bench. There is a lot of personality in the 4 bedrooms on the 2nd level. Two of the rooms have extended storage space that has been finished with built-in desks so you will have no excuse for interruption when completing tasks. The bedrooms are extremely huge and 3 bedrooms have window seats with storage perfect for curling up with a good book or talking to best friends. One bedroom has built-in bookshelves and walk-in closet and adjoined to another bedroom by a “Jack and Jill” bathroom. The 2nd bedroom has a window seat the size of a twin mattress providing for more sleeping space with double storage drawers below. The 3rd bedroom has a built-in desk and bathroom that can also be accessed from the hall. The 4th bedroom was designed to be a playroom and the walls have many built-in storage drawers. The finished walkout basement is a home within a home and perfect for multi-generational living. The family room has an entertainment center with cherry finish that is the focal point. Wired for surround sound you need walk across the room to the kitchen with for a beverage and snack. The recreation room has a pool table that remains, gas fireplace and extended cherry finished bar. The cabinets are glass front with a built-in wine rack. There is a dishwasher, full refrigerator, tiled floor and double sink. There are oversized French doors that extend as tall as the ceiling that lead to a patio area. There is a separate area with private entrance that has a living room, full bath and nicely sized bedroom perfect for separate living quarters. A few more features of the home include a central vacuum system, 3 zones for heating and air conditioning, irrigation system, smart alarm that can be controlled by phone, intercom system and water purification system. Your children can attend the award winning North Oldham County school system. Surrounded by a beautiful quarry, the clubhouse offers many amenities such as paddleboat, racquetball, tennis, nature trail hiking, indoor heated pool and private event space. As you can tell there are a lot of features to this exquisite home and you will want to see them all in person. Priced to sell so call today for your private tour
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Living is easy in this Highland’s cozy bungalow. Located directly across the street from the German-Paristown Park, you will enjoy many hours of peace and serenity. You will find a large covered porch where you can relax after one’s busy day. Enter the immaculate home through a window paned front door with sidelights and you will love the open concept. The living room greets you with an abundance of sunlight. The home has been recently painted and carpeted, as well as the fixtures have been updated. Celebrate many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of cabinets for storage and counter space to prepare your favorite meals. There are 2 bedrooms and full bathroom on the 1st level.

The 2nd level is amazing and could easily be made into the master bedroom with a sitting room and/or office. You will find ample room in the finished basement for entertaining in the family room. There is a full bathroom and large storage area. The laundry room has a utility sink and shelf for your laundry needs. The treed backyard is perfect for hosting gatherings while appreciating the park setting. A carport offers off the street parking and there is also an area for visitors to park. Walk to restaurants, shopping and entertainment! This home is priced to sell so schedule your private showing today.

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Price Adjust $340,000 813 Locust Pointe Pl

You will not want to miss seeing this spacious 3BR/3.5BA home in the sought out neighborhood of Copperfield. Located on the corner of a cul-de-sac, the beautifully landscaped yard draws you home with manicured burning bushes lining the walk to the porcelain slated front steps. Open the custom designed front door with sidelights to be greeted by a foyer with double closets and a powder room. The living room has a lot of natural sunlight through the floor to ceiling bay windows. Through French doors you will find an open area that hosts a family room with sectioned beam ceilings and eat-in kitchen. You will enjoy many hours of relaxation in the family room in front of the gas fireplace that boasts custom built bookshelves and cabinets on each side.

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Another set of French doors lead you to an oversized deck. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals. The kitchen has a Palladium window, recessed lighting, a built-in planning desk and bay window. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere as you immediately notice the double tray patterned ceiling, dentil molding and floor to ceiling bay window. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its layout and gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The room is a home in itself with both a sitting room and separate room that can be used as an office or nursery! The sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting and skylight offers solitude as you unwind after one’s busy day. Off the sitting room you will find a huge walk-in closet with a skylight. The bedroom also connects to a separate room that features a Palladium window and built-in window seats on each side and can be used as an office. The master bath has a Jacuzzi tub, double vanity, recessed lighting and vaulted ceiling. There are two other spacious bedrooms on the 2nd level and a hall bathroom with double vanities. You will find ample room to entertain in the partially finished walkout basement. Featured is a gas fireplace, built-in cabinet with electrical outlets for a television and entertainment needs, recessed lighting, wainscoting and French doors that lead to a patio. You will also find a full bathroom and storage area. This home also has a 3-car garage with tall ceilings. Perfectly located minutes from the Gene Snyder, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Schedule your private showing today and come see for yourself!

9813 Indian Falls

 

You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/2.5BA home in pristine condition in the sought out neighborhood of Indian Falls. Off the covered front porch, enter the home through a front door with sidelights to be greeted by beautiful hardwood and tiled flooring that will lead you into a spacious open floor plan. The living room has vaulted ceilings and an abundance of sunlight through its transom windows. The formal dining room will absolutely create a festive ambience to celebrate holidays. The great room offers many hours of relaxation in front of the fireplace while overlooking the fenced in private back yard. Picture friends sitting around the Island visiting as you prepare meals in the large eat-in kitchen that boasts multiple granite countertops and cabinet space.

The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its vaulted ceilings and decorative cutouts. The master bathroom has a custom tiled glassed shower with upgraded fixtures, garden tub and double vanity. There are two additional bedrooms on the 2nd level. The loft area offers an area for recreation or an office. The basement is partially finished and you will find plenty of room to entertain your friends. Host cookouts and gatherings on the deck off the great room or simply sit and unwind after a long day. In addition, the homeowners association includes park like areas and a subdivision pool for your use. Only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants, this home is priced just right.

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9813 Indian Falls

You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/2.5BA home in pristine condition in the sought out neighborhood of Indian Falls. Off the covered front porch, enter the home through a front door with sidelights to be greeted by beautiful hardwood and tiled flooring that will lead you into a spacious open floor plan. The living room has vaulted ceilings and an abundance of sunlight through its transom windows. The formal dining room will absolutely create a festive ambience to celebrate holidays. The great room offers many hours of relaxation in front of the fireplace while overlooking the fenced in private back yard. Picture friends sitting around the Island visiting as you prepare meals in the large eat-in kitchen that boasts multiple granite countertops and cabinet space.

The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security with its vaulted ceilings and decorative cutouts. The master bathroom has a custom tiled glassed shower with upgraded fixtures, garden tub and double vanity. There are two additional bedrooms on the 2nd level. The loft area offers an area for recreation or an office. The basement is partially finished and you will find plenty of room to entertain your friends. Host cookouts and gatherings on the deck off the great room or simply sit and unwind after a long day. In addition, the homeowners association includes park like areas and a subdivision pool for your use. Only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants, this home is priced just right.

Schedule your private showing today!

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