25 Tiny Household Problems That Expanded Into Major Issues

Published 2 weeks ago

Buying a house is often seen as a milestone, a symbol of stability, and a place to call home. However, as many homeowners have learned, the reality of homeownership can come with its fair share of surprises – some of them not so pleasant. When a Reddit user posed the question, “When buying a house, what’s something you thought was minor but has become the bane of your existence?” homeowners from around the world took to the platform to share their stories of unexpected woes.

From quirky quirks to downright nightmares, here are some of the most memorable responses that shed light on the hidden challenges of homeownership.

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I haven’t bought a house but from working in an industry directly involved with it, some things I hear the most often have been: Be EXTRA cautious about the neighborhood and the next door neighbors. You can easily fall in love with a house and picture yourself living there, but don’t make such a massive purchase until you are sure you will be comfortable living in that spot. Swing by the area outside of a home tour. Check it out at night, too. Is it still quiet and peaceful? Is there anybody who can tell you about the neighbors? Once you get stuck buying next to bad neighbors, well….you are stuck.

Have the home professionally inspected by someone YOU find. Flipped hones often cut corners and I guarantee you will find things that need to be repaired or replaced within the first year if it was done poorly. Inspecting plumbing lines and air ducts is also important. Find out when the water heater was replaced, that sort of thing.

Swimming pools can be a maintenance nightmare and as such, I never want to buy a house that has one.

Avoid cantilever decks if you can. It’s the #1 spot for structural failure. If it is in a condo in an HOA (or apartment), you then have to rely on the complex to maintain it properly. Sometimes they are neglectful. I wouldn’t trust it and would avoid living with a cantilever deck.

TREES. Look where trees are planted. Are they close to the building or close to concrete? Many common tree species cause immense damage, ranging from roots lifting sidewalks to roots creeping into plumbing lines, to damaging your foundation if it is too close to the building. A pine tree within 5 ft of a house would be a deal breaker for me. So would a few other trees, but these are particularly problematic especially with the pine needles falling on the roof and clogging the gutter.


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Before buying, be sure to survey the local topography, for lack of a better word.
You want to be on a high spot within your neighborhood, not in a low spot that collects water from other yards when it rains.


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Low ceilings.

“I’ll get used to it” I thought.



Just buying a “fixer upper” in general. Renovations cost a LOT more than you can imagine. HGTV LIES.

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Which direction your bedroom is facing. Lived somewhere where the bedroom faced southeast and it was always boiling in there no matter what the thermostat said or how heavy the curtains were.

Same could be said for how much natural light you want or if you garden. Need to keep the cardinal directions in mind.


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If you are looking for a house in a community with an HOA, get a copy of the current rules in advance. It’s good to know what you’re going to deal with when it comes to the rules of the community.

Good neighbors are also key, at least ones that are not loud and leaving garbage around. You can drive through the neighborhood in the evenings or on weekends to see what it’s like when people are home. I ended up living next to what I think is an illegal boarding house so they have a bunch of cars and construction materials in the front of their house every day.


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My number one disqualification when house hunting was no toilet on the same floor as the master bedroom.

You do not want to climb stairs when you have to pee in the middle of the night. If you’re reading this and saying, “I don’t get up to pee most nights,” I am in my late 30s and here to warn you that *you will*.


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A bit of advice I haven’t seen posted yet: If you drive and have a long commute, try to live east of your workplace. That way, you’re driving west in the morning and east in the evening, and you won’t have the sun in your eyes both ways. Safer and less stressful over a long period of time.


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Finding good people to do small jobs. The reputable companies don’t like to waste time on small jobs, so it’s usually pick someone off of the internet and hope they don’t make it worse or DIY.


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I bought a flat.

The neighbours immediately below us smoke. A lot. All the time.

They smoke so much that you can smell it when you open the kitchen cupboards under and next to the sink because the scent creeps up through the holes around the pipework.

Can’t open the windows in the summer because as soon as they cough themselves awake in the morning the stench of cigarettes starts drifting up through them and fills out home. They smoke in every room, and in the bedrooms till after midnight every day.

I’m an ex smoker and I’m still finding it disgusting.


22 effing palm trees. Not one less than 20′ tall. Costs me 1100$ a year to get them trimmed. Would never have purchased this house had I known. Then one died, and I was heartbroken.

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Thought the lack of a pantry was no big deal, but grocery storage has become a jigsaw puzzle.

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Split level. Never again. Trying to vacuum a split level is a pain in the butt. Also you have so much less floor space and square footage.

Also, carpet. NOPE. Too hard to keep clean. So gross.

I’ve got a single story home now with a full basement.  We ripped out all the carpet and refinished the original hardwood floors (although vinyl is also pretty nice).  So much more floor space and easier to keep clean.

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Finding contractors for Minor repair jobs. I had a chimney leak and called 4 companies, 3 of them didn’t want the job since it was a 300-500 dollar repair, the 4th set up an appointment with me but never showed up. It took me over 4 months to find someone.

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Gravel driveway instead of paved. The gravel gets stuck in shoes, ends up in the house or cars, is dusty, gravel goes flying when mowing/edging lawn.

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We live in a 100-year-old house with a huge, open basement. Our washer and dryer are in our basement.

For some stupid reason, known only to them, the previous owners installed the washing machine and and dryer on opposite sides of the basement, instead of side-by-side the way normal people would have done. I bought one of those professional chrome laundry carts that the laundromats use to shuttle loads across the basement between machines.

Eventually, I plan to rewire the place and relocate the dryer next to the washing machine.


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Check cell coverage and find out about the ISP.


There’s like, zero sound insulation. Did we check for that? No. Did we think to? No. But will we on our next house? We’ll honestly probably forget.

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“Unique” homes = unique expenses. We bought a custom home from the couple who built it. Largest kitchen you’ve ever seen. The couple had put cork in the kitchen. They also installed an instant hot water heater for the sink. Well, one day a small hose came loose from that instant hot water heater. A pressurized hose. Two inches of water in an hour on a giant sponge of a floor.

We have good insurance, and it cost them _six figures_ to fix that kitchen. The cabinets were solid mahogany, and the bottoms had been installed on top of the cork. Then when those were replaced, it was obvious the stain of the uppers no longer matched. The crew cracked a slab of quartz when removing it. This was not Home Depot quartz. We had to pay extra to buy tile for this monster of a kitchen because no, we were not putting cork back in.

When we moved in, every bathroom was still 1989. Because this was a custom home, we couldn’t update them with standard grade materials. And on and on.

We did sell the home in 2018 for a good profit with all our updates. And bought a tract home with vinyl floors (I LOVE LVP) and builder grade materials and I’ll never go custom again. I want a home where I can get my new vanities off Wayfair or from Lowe’s if I need to upgrade.

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Never buy a house where the kitchen, laundry, or living room wall is shared with the master bedroom if you are a light sleeper.


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Go to the neighborhood you’re looking for at night and just sit and listen. The noises you pick up over the week will last YEARS. So be prepared for that. Also. Ask about internet. It can be make or break. Cell signal to a point as well. Ask neighbors about flooding.


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Single bathroom.

I had underestimated the amount of time my husband just SITS on the toilet.


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Bamboo. Someone before me planted super invasive, 15 foot tall growing bamboo in the backyard. It was spreading so wildly it was uplifting the granite pool and growing under the foundation of the house. You could see the remnants of a “barrier” of sorts of where they initially planted it, obviously not knowing how bamboo grows. I myself did not know, until I purchased the house. Absolute nightmare.


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Don’t use an inspector your realtor suggested. Get one that has plumbing expertise.


If the interior doors latch.
I had no reason to close the bedroom or bathroom doors when looking at the place. Then moved in and realized none of them actually stayed shut. It’s infuriating. ?‍♀️.

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Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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