What might seem like an innocent enough minor inconvenience in your home could actually be the inevitable straw that breaks the camel’s back. It’s always a good idea to regularly take note of any problems that are popping up in your home and to address them right away.
Let’s take a look at a few giveaway signs that you might actually need bigger repairs in your home. You’ll have a fighting chance at catching them before they develop into complete disasters. The last thing you need is to stack on any more stress than you’re already juggling as you muddle through this difficult time of the Coronavirus pandemic.
1. The door won’t shut.
Not only is a bedroom door that won’t shut a rather irritating inconvenience, but it can actually be a red flag for your home having a compromised foundation. One of the potential things causing this stubborn door could be the expansive clay soil that expands when it gets wet and ultimately results in the foundation itself, shifting. No matter what might be causing the door not to shut, as a responsible homeowner, it’s crucial that you get a contractor in there for a formal inspection as soon as possible.
2. It’s impossible to heat up/cool down the home.
With winter officially hitting its stride, the importance of having a functional thermostat can’t be emphasized enough. You might be wrestling with a thermostat that’s on the fritz if the temperature in the home does not match the thermostat setting. A malfunctioning thermostat makes it impossible to properly regulate the temperature inside of your home. This can result in you spending grueling hours either sweating yourself silly with an A/C that appears to have a mind of its own or freezing through the teeth-chattering cold of a long winter’s night where your heat seems to be taking a winter vacation.
You won’t have to worry about a massive renovation project to get that thermostat right though. Just get a trained technician in there to assess the thermostat situation, and you might find that it’s nothing more than a case of a dirty thermostat that’s just too close to the ground.
3. Your window glass develops a mystery crack.
Unless you’re sitting there and literally hear a golf ball or bird fly into that window, you need to keep a strict watchful eye out for any mystery window cracks. A window crack that seemingly appears out of nowhere could be a sign of a gnarly structural shifting in your home. The shifting puts pressure on your windows, and this results in the crack. Take a look at your home’s interior walls and its exterior brick or stone siding to see if there are any notable cracks in the mortar joints. The last thing you’d ever want to find yourself dealing with in the heart of winter when you’re already doing everything you can to keep the hot air in, is having your windows break. So, don’t put off getting a contractor or structural engineer in there to provide a professional assessment of the situation.
The thought of home renovations will often get the mind running around in nervous circles. Nobody is thrilled about the prospect of having to spend unanticipated amounts of hard-earned money on minor inconveniences that seem completely harmless. But you don’t want to wait until those little problems end up evolving into full-on monstrous situations. Or maybe you’re worried about managing to keep your pet at ease during a renovation project. Don’t sweat it. You can take that time when it gets a bit more hectic around the house, to take your pet for more walks, or even consider looking into lodging nearby for them to take little mini-vacations. The most important thing of all is that you have a safe and sturdy home for you, your pet, and anyone else to safely live in.