Welcome to the GoRealPro.com Blog

2018-04-18 06:58:34
Your no-nonsense guide to new homeowner no-no’s
Your no-nonsense guide to new homeowner no-no’s

Are you a first-time homeowner? Have you purchased a new-to-you home? Either way, you have a lot to do. When you’re starting out as a new homeowner, it can be hard to know the right things to do and NOT to do when it comes to home maintenance, cleaning, and general upkeep. Here is some guidance to help you know what notto do.

New homeowner no-no’s – inside


Needlessly applying sealant to surfaces can permanently discolor stone, concrete, and glass, to name a few. Never use sealant on natural materials like quartz, plastic materials like laminates, or commercial acrylic products such as Formica and Corian. Generally, most materials will not need reapplication of sealants very often.

Instead, test surfaces using water to check if it’s time to reseal. For example, if water on a kitchen countertop seal no longer beads, it may be time to reapply.

Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners contain active ingredients that can damage plumbing. Drain cleaners may seem like easy, short-term fixes for clogs, but they can lead to long-term, costly problems. And the chemicals in drain cleaners are just plain bad for the earth.

Instead, invest your money in a good plunger, a drain snake for tougher clogs, and if those plumbing tools don’t work, call a plumber.

Glass Cleaners

Here’s a little-known consequence to spraying commercial glass cleaner on mirrors:  The liquid can seep into the backing on many types of mirrors, leading to discoloring around the edges of the mirror over time and irreparably damaging the backing.

Instead, simply dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and immediately apply a dry cloth to remove excess water.


Bleach is actually damaging to most elements and materials found in use in homes. Do not use bleach to clean sealants on granite and other stone surfaces, vinyl, linoleum, and laminate materials, colored grout, enamel, or acrylic surfaces in a bathtub.

Never mix bleach with cleaners that contain ammonia! Doing so produces highly dangerous and toxic vapors.

Instead, use a vinegar solution. Nothing is better or healthier for cleaning most surfaces in your home.

New homeowner no no’s – in and out


Using the wrong caulk can be a damaging. That’s because there is a right caulk for the kitchen, bath, gutters, brick or concrete, mortar, and so on. The wrong caulk won’t adhere, or will breakdown, allowing moisture to seep in, or compromise the surface you’re caulking.

Instead, ask your local hardware specialist for advice on buying the right caulk for your project.


Invest in well-made tools for your new home — a hammer, screwdriver set, ladder, and maybe a mower. Avoid buying inexpensive, knock-off brands even if you’re on a budget — they are not made to last.

Instead, for budget-conscious homeowners, visit yard sales and look for used tools from known quality brands, or start slow with a basic toolbox and build up your set over time.

New homeowner no-no’s – outside


For your first landscaping project, do not over-mulch. Too much mulch can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots.

Instead, add mulch to no deeper than three inches.


It may look charming, but ivy will keep growing. Eventually ivy will spread under a home’s siding or shingles, damage their integrity, and ultimately cost you, either in replacing siding, providing entry points for invading pests, or both!

Instead, research how and where to thoughtfully plant ivy. A quick web search can also provide better alternatives for plants to safely grow along the base of your home. Note: plants need to be placed two feet minimum away from the foundation.


Planting trees close to a home may look nice when the trees are young, but they grow, too! You need to consider the room that baby tree will need at maturity. Trees planted without thought to full height can grow roots that push up through your driveway, sidewalk, and foundation.

Instead, plant each tree according to its height and root spread at full maturity. The Arbor Day Foundation has a handy tree spacing guide to help you ensure adequate clearance from your home, fencing, and so on.


Do not store firewood right outside your home against exterior walls, otherwise you will invite termites and other pests into your home.

Instead, keep firewood at least twenty feet from your home, further if your property provides room to do so. Better to take small hike out to wood pile than let pests make an easy hike into your new home.


By  on April 10, 2018

Blog Archive
2019-03-29 13:29:12
What To Do To Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm

2019-02-14 07:56:37
Valentine's Day in Orlando

2019-02-01 14:07:14
The Danger of Overpricing your Home

2018-12-21 15:22:49
Happy Holidays!!

2018-11-16 13:52:49
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

2018-10-31 12:40:40
Halloween Safety On and Off the Road by The National Safety Counsel

2018-09-18 08:17:09
Guide to Care, Cleaning, and Maintenance of Grout

2018-07-12 13:55:06
No-Cook Meals for Summer

2018-05-23 09:23:01
Decluttering for Selling by First American Home Warranty

2018-05-14 10:04:29
Dryer Vent Fire Prevention

2018-04-18 06:58:34
Your no-nonsense guide to new homeowner no-no’s

2018-03-21 10:14:37
4 Reasons Spring Is A Great Time To Buy A Home!

2018-03-16 15:15:22
Home improvement shortcuts to avoid — and some to try

2018-01-12 10:20:42
Movin on Up

2017-12-07 08:35:48
Holiday Food Drive

2017-11-21 09:42:23
Top 4 Volunteer Organizations in Central Florida

2017-10-26 09:17:24
3 Tips for Attending Open Houses

2017-09-20 13:01:04
Hurricane Irma

2017-07-17 09:37:34

2017-07-13 08:31:11
Buying your First Home? Avoid these 4 Common Mistakes

2017-06-01 11:43:14
Fannie Mae is Coming to Town-Lunch & Learn

2017-04-21 07:58:41
Finding your Ideal Neighborhood

2017-04-03 09:43:01
4 Characteristics of a Seller's Market

2017-03-22 07:17:23
3 Common Home Buying Myths

Comment on this Article

Your Name:
Your Email:
Verify:  Please enter the numbers shown to help eliminate spam.

© ProAgentWebsites.com |  Terms & Conditions |  Privacy Policy |  Fair Housing |  DMCA