12 things to fix around the house before they get worse

It’s always tempting to put off small repairs around your homes if they’re not causing any trouble and you have regular, reliable tenants who don’t look like going anywhere too soon. But quite aside from the good practice of making sure your properties are in the best possible state, is the fact that apparently minor issues can become dangerous and expensive to fix if left too long without attention. This week’s guest post from John G. Cole looks at 12 things to fix around the house before they get worse.

Peeling wallpaper, for example, soon gets the heart racing. Just a glimpse of imperfectly adhered wallpaper conjures fears of needing to redecorate the whole room – and it may become necessary if that flap is allowed to follow the path of gravity, taking the rest of the strip with it. It’s a very easy way to make a bad impression on tenants or potential buyers, whereas immaculate decoration, even cheaply done, gives an impression of care and reliability.

Yet dealing with peeling wallpaper needn’t be a trial. Rather that bodge it with glue and the back of your hand, take just a few minutes to prepare the repair job by dampening the loose corner with a sponge, and raising it a little so as to there’s enough room to glue underneath properly. Press it down flat, and leave it to dry a little before finishing the job with a roller. You can use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess glue.

This careful approach doesn’t take much time, but it means the wallpaper is replaced securely. Congratulations, no need to repaper for months or years to come!

A dozen of these easy-to- fix problems have been included in this new resource from Home Advisor. Be sure to keep an eye on these troublesome areas around your properties, and to deal with them as quickly as possible to keep costs down and your tenants happy.

This article is based on the original article and graphic at

John G. Cole is a digital nomad and freelance writer. Specializing in lifestyle, DIY and personal growth, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. A native Englishman, he is always on the move, but can most commonly be spotted in Norway, the UK and the Balkans.

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