Last week I listed some personal finance housekeeping tasks on my to-do list right now. As a follow-up, I decided to also detail some of the home ownership and maintenance issues on my to-do list as well.
Even though we pay an HOA fee that covers many maintenance expenses, we are still responsible for plenty inside our townhouse. Fortunately, even though it was built in 1950, it is in really great shape thanks to a re-hab completed in 2006. Still, there are a few little tasks hanging over my head that need to get done, including:
• Fix the dishwasher. It works. It gets dishes super clean and it looks nice. But the door makes an absolutely horrible noise when opened or closed. We think it must be a spring issue in the door mechanism. The Mr. might get around to looking at it, or I might call someone to come fix it. We actually have a “home warranty” from when we bought the place in May that supposedly covers stuff like this.
• Re-caulk the tub. The caulking is getting dried out and is peeling in a few small places. I’d rather deal with it proactively before it gets moldy or causes water damage. I’ve actually done this before (due to some serious mold in our apartment tub) but it was messy and I’m definitely not an expert. Here’s a really gross close-up picture. Ewwwwwwww!
• Re-paint the shower ceiling. Again, not a huge problem yet but the paint is just starting to peel and flake in a few spots due to moisture. And, for some reason, the previous owner used a flat paint. Seems to me it should be semi-gloss in a shower, so I will probably make the switch when we re-paint it.
• Carpet the stairs. We have beautiful hardwood floors, and the stairs are no exception. The problem is that they are very, very slippery. Our dog won’t even go up them, and when he goes down I have to supervise to make sure he doesn’t fall. And, they are slippery for sock-footed people as well. We’re debating about whether to do something like this with an installed runner, or use something like this to maintain more of the current look of the stairs. What do you think?
• Paint the living room. We recently painted the dining room and I want to paint the living room to match. If we decide to also paint the stair walls, we’ll probably need to hire someone to paint the staircase since the ceilings are very high.
• Install shelves in the basement and the garage. This is expensive to do right, but necessary for organizational and potential moisture issues.
• Research and purchase some new furniture. This is more fun! But also more expensive. We’d like new furniture in our dining room and bedroom. Our current furniture is tiny and worked great in our small apartment, but feels lost in our new space. And we often have clothing strewn about the bedroom because we don’t have enough dresser space.
What about you? What household tasks are on your to-do list right now?