Think You Can Skip Fixing a Small Issue? Get Ready For Bigger Problems

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Every week, the detail-oriented folks at Green Scene Home Inspections will give readers an education in inspection. Want to see what they see? Tune in for “Upon Closer Inspection.”

“Little things make big things happen.”

John Wooden

When John Wooden said that, he meant to inspire us to value the details that lead to a victory, but the reverse is true as well. When you let little things go, they can become big problems. And when it comes to home maintenance issues, we couldn’t have said it better. 

Here are a few times that homeowners let little maintenance issues go way too long.

When you don’t have your HVAC serviced, you end up breathing this:

In this video, you can see how over time, a little water can do a lot of damage. By not addressing the drainage from the beginning, the garage will likely have to be rebuilt.

Part of your home inspection report will let you know the age and function of the major appliances, like the water heater. If the inspector says an appliance is near the end of its life, you’ll want to make plans to replace it before you have a disaster.

You know that saying about how the shoemaker’s children go barefoot? Sometimes home inspectors don’t heed their own advice.

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