So, you love your house! Maybe, you found the perfect apartment. Turning your living place into a home is a dream for most people. The majority of your life will be spent at home. It’s where you sleep, eat, hang out with friends, raise your kids, and for those lucky few it is also where you may work.
There are so many things you can do to make your home reflect who you are such as painting the walls, picking out furniture, and hanging photos or paintings. Unfortunately, people often attempt taking on tasks they really shouldn’t be doing on their own. And sometimes it feels like we are doing the right thing, when it is absolutely not. We’ve compiled a list of 9 piftalls homeowners and apartment dwellers need to avoid.
1) Don’t turn the heat completely off when leaving for vacation in winter
So, you’re heading to the Caribbean for a two-week winter vacation, and you live in Minnesota. You’ve packed your bags, printed your boarding pass for the flight, and turned the thermostat off. Whoa! Hold on a minute. You may just want to hold off on turning the thermostat completely off during your winter vacation. Yes, yes, I know you won’t be home, and you don’t have pets to worry about, but turning off your thermostat may have more consequences beyond adjusting out of the island heat when you get back home. When you head off on a winter vacation you will want to keep your thermostat on, although perhaps a few degrees lower than normal. Also, you will want to keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature. The reason is due to the potential for your pipes to freeze when water is not flowing through them, and if the temperature drops too low. These frozen pipes can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs.
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