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!