The Cherry on Top of "Stupid"

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty


For all those putting off the "Honey-Do" list the message is plain and simple ... Just get it done!!  The little nagging dripping faucet, the weather stripping at doors, the grout in the showers, etc. To all of those "I'll get to it chores" the message is heard loud and clear ... do it today not tomorrow.

Those "little" items that need attention also show up on the professional property inspection.  Sure they may appear innocent and minor in nature but can be the catalyst to ignite a fire of trouble.  A long list of little things just make a home look poorly maintained.  It may give a buyer pause to reconsider the home during the option period.  Why create an obstacle when a just a day of honey-do fix it can do the job.  When you list a home you should point out visible deficiencies and highly recommend that it be corrected.  Ask are there any other nagging items that may come up on an inspection?  By correcting on the front end it may save a lot of time and concern when selling the property.

Sealing the grout in a shower is one of the most overlooked areas in household maintenance.  Oh, that is just a little thing, a little grout here and there and the area is just so small.  That was the thought of the homeowner that had just a few areas that needed attention in their shower.  Until they began to smell a musty odor.  Where could that be coming from?  Then they noticed the shower tile was pushing a little in the wall, soft and easy to move?  Surly this couldn't be the problem.  Must be a leak so up to the roof and checking the plumbing.  No leak present.  Surly just a couple of little areas needing attention couldn't be the issue ... that would be absolutely YES it was.  The simple quick task of home maintenance turned into having to remove tile from the shower to replace some boards and repair.  Good time to update the tile to current decorative tile, replace the gold shower lined shower glass to rimless and take advantage of a bad moment to an update opportunity.  And who you might ask was so negligent?  ME!!  I knew better and just ignored the simple rules I advise others.  I think deep down I wanted to get my bathroom updated and this was my sub-conscience way of achieving the goal.  Thank goodness no mold now that would have been the cherry on top of stupid but yet my lack of proactive maintenance is plain stupid.

Moral - do as you preach and take care of the home that home honey-do list!


Comments (11)

David Width Jr.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Many bigger problems can be prevented by just keeping up normal maintenance and care of your home.

Feb 24, 2009 04:03 AM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

No kidding.  If you keep on top of this stuff all along, you have just saved yourself an ongoing problem.

Feb 24, 2009 04:06 AM
Cindy Leiterman
Resource One Realty, LLC - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI

I know exactly what you mean.  I have a one foot long hairline crack in my plaster at the peak of my cathedral ceiling that I stare at almost every day.  It's an easy repair but do I do it?  No, I just stare at it.

Fortunately I have vowed to paint this spring so I will taker care of it then.  The little things end up becoming big things if we don't take care of them.

Thanks for sharing and take care.

Feb 24, 2009 04:08 AM
Doug Aaserude
Inactive until May. 2009 - Beaverton, OR

Its the little things in life that we neglect................. the the little things become big things, then we have to take action. Just human kind.

Feb 24, 2009 04:09 AM
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

It's like the research paper.  If you do a little bit along the way instead of waiting till the night before, life would be much simpler in my case cost a lot less.

Feb 24, 2009 04:13 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

You said it all!     What was that old British adage:  a stich in time saves nine???

Feb 24, 2009 04:23 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

OOOOPS !!!!  Hindsight and regret - not good !

Be proactive and GET IT DONE !!!

Good reminder Connie :o)

Feb 24, 2009 04:38 AM
Kim Dean - McKinney, TX
Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner

Connie - shame, shame. Not really. We did the same thing. Oops! At least you caught in now - before your whole house is consumed with mold. Half glass full, right?

Feb 24, 2009 06:26 AM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

I guess the good news is that it is really going to look fabulous when you get done with the updates and repairs!  Now -- don't assume that the grout is properly sealed either -- make sure it is and the clean and reseal it every year or so!  It's a quick "stitch in time"!

Feb 24, 2009 08:12 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Yikes!  Well the bright side is you'll definitely have a nice updated bathroom that YOU can enjoy! 

Great reminders for all of where is that glue for that loose tile in my bath???? ;-}

Feb 24, 2009 09:00 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Whenever an item comes up around here, I try to do it then and there. If I can't, for whatever reason, I put it on my list. Items on my list get taken care of one per day, and if I get everything done on my daily lists, then I can go to more items, extra items, or whatever.

Feb 24, 2009 06:03 PM