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21 Ways You’re Damaging Your Home, According to Your Handyman

Best Life Logo By Alex Daniel of Best Life | Slide 1 of 22: We all love those HGTV shows where the pros take rundown houses and flip them into stunning places any homebuyer would fawn over. But what you don’t see is how those properties get so decrepit in the first place. It’s usually not one big disaster that turns a home into a hovel, but rather a series of small factors that chip away at a house over time—damaging it in ways the average homeowner may not even realize.To that end, we've enlisted house flippers, renovation experts, and other handy professionals to provide essential tips on what kind of damage you're unknowingly doing to your precious pad. Here are 21 things every homeowner should avoid doing to keep their place in tip-top shape. And for more advice on protecting your home, check out these 20 Home Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know.

We all love those HGTV shows where the pros take rundown houses and flip them into stunning places any homebuyer would fawn over. But what you don’t see is how those properties get so decrepit in the first place. It’s usually not one big disaster that turns a home into a hovel, but rather a series of small factors that chip away at a house over time—damaging it in ways the average homeowner may not even realize.

To that end, we've enlisted house flippers, renovation experts, and other handy professionals to provide essential tips on what kind of damage you're unknowingly doing to your precious pad. Here are 21 things every homeowner should avoid doing to keep their place in tip-top shape. And for more advice on protecting your home, check out these 20 Home Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know.

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