And while it’s okay for things like folding laundry or doing the dishes, postponing certain tasks and repairs can have serious and costly consequences.
It can be difficult to discern which tasks can wait and which need immediate attention. Here’s a list of potential home and car-related chores you should consider tackling as soon as possible to avoid major headaches down the road.
Oil is the lifeblood of an engine, and it’s responsible for lubricating the rotating parts inside the mechanism in addition to helping cool it, said Fred Hules II, chairman of the board. of the Automotive Service Association.
Oil also contains additives that keep a car engine lubricated and clean, but those additives wear off over time, he said. That’s why it’s important to replace your oil, Hules said.
Every car is different when it comes to what kind of oil to use and how often to replace it, so it’s important to check your owner’s manual, he said. Many vehicles make things even easier by flashing a change oil message on the dashboard when it’s time, Hules added.
The next step is to take your car to an auto mechanic who can better assess the vehicle and replace the oil. Once you find an auto service professional you like, stick with them because they can learn more about how you use your car and make specific recommendations to extend its life, he said. he declares.
When you go for an oil change, have them check other parts of the car like windshield washer fluid, engine coolant, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and spark plugs. ignition, Hules said.
Check your tire pressure
Having the correct tire pressure can extend the life of your tires and ensure good contact with the road, which helps with traction when driving and braking, Hules said.
One of the most overlooked tires is the spare tire, he added. When he checks new customers’ cars, many of them have a punctured spare tire.
“It’s a bad day when you have a flat tire, and you certainly don’t want it to be worse when your spare tire is flat,” he said.
Hules recommends checking your tire pressure once a month. Most cars alert the driver when the pressure is low, but you can also use a gauge to determine each tire’s pressure and compare it to the ideal levels listed in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. If your tires are deflated, use an at-home tire inflator or go to a local service station.
Clean out your closet
There might not be a monster in your closet, but a gigantic mess could be just as scary.
After moving or living in the same space for a while, it’s understandable that items pile up. Many of them probably make their way to the closet at some point during emergency cleanings in an effort to make your other spaces less cluttered.
It can be overwhelming to pull every item out of a closet, so you have to clean section by section, Reich said. Set aside an hour or two each time you clean out part of your closet to ensure you have enough time to make a difference.
After that, sort the clothes by clothing type and then by color, which gives you a better idea of what your wardrobe looks like, she said.
“I didn’t realize how many black sweaters I had; I can really stop buying black sweaters,” Reich said.
Repair water stains on the ceiling
If you notice a damp spot on your ceiling, that means there’s unwanted moisture in that area, said Kurt Clason, 2022 president of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers.
Dampness likely indicates a pipe leak inside the wall or a leaky roof, he said.
If caught early, a repairman could simply drill a hole in the drywall, fix the leak, and place a new piece of drywall on the ceiling, Clason said.
If you ignore the leak, the water can lead to mold and mildew growth and, in severe cases, flooding, Clason said. The costs of these types of repairs add up quickly, he added.
“I’ve never seen the drops get better over time. They always get worse, so you want to make sure you take steps to avoid that,” Clason said.
Reapply bathroom caulking
Caulking is a material used in various areas of the home to seal gaps and make an area airtight. It is used in many areas of a bathroom, especially in tubs and showers.
Over time, the putty can peel off, leaving open joints for water to reach your walls, Clason said. The studs, the wooden materials used to make most of the walls, and the floorboards aren’t designed to get wet all the time, so they will rot pretty quickly, he explained.
Once the wood around it rots, a tub could fall through the floor, Clason said. If the bathroom is on the second floor, it could lead to ceiling drips and water stains for the room below, he added.
Fortunately, caulking is easy to fix if caught early. Once you notice the caulk starting to peel off, use caulk remover or a bottle or can opener to remove the rest in that area, Clason advised.
Once removed, draw a new line of sealant along the gap to create the seal, he said. Stripper and caulking can be purchased at a home repair store and are very affordable, Clason said.
Replace broken weatherstripping
Weatherstripping is the flexible band around exterior doors intended to seal the interior of your home. If you notice it dragging on the floor when you open the door or pieces are coming loose, it’s time to replace it, Clason said.
Faulty weather stripping can allow outside air to enter your home, reducing your home’s energy efficiency and also increasing your electricity bill, he said.
Heavy rain or snow can force its way through cracks and potentially cause serious damage to flooring, especially wood, Clason said.
Many hardware stores sell weatherstripping, and it’s an easy repair process. The bottom strip is a little trickier than the top and involves pulling a door off its hinges, so you might want to call a professional for help, he explained.