Toys in the front yard
Besides deducting serious points from your home’s curb appeal, leaving your kids’ toys scattered around the front yard is a dangerous habit. Abandoned frisbees, balls, skateboards, and other outdoor toys on the lawn could make your home a target for potential burglars: They’re a sign that expensive gaming systems or electronics might be waiting inside. Make a point to help your kids clean up after they’ve been playing outside and find a convenient place to store everything afterward, like a giant plastic tub or wire hanging rack.
How many times has your sleep suffered as the neighbor’s dog yapped away behind the fence into the wee hours of morning? Though it seems like a good idea to let Fido roam free, the backyard is definitely no place for man’s best friend (for long stretches of time). Dogs are pack animals, meaning they require companionship and love—both of which they will not find when they are tied up or alone. Plus, solitude and boredom could lead to bad behavior from your pooch, including destructive digging; chewing hoses, sprinklers, and shrubs; or becoming dangerously aggressive. While outdoors, pups are also subject to uncomfortable weather conditions and dangerous animals like coyotes. For the sake of your yard, your sanity, and your dog, keep your good boy or girl indoors. Pet lovers, you may be surprised to know that your pet is one of the things you should never keep in your bedroom, too.
Your trusted two-wheeler is no match for the wind and rain. After a week of a bike being left outside, you’ll start to see visible damage from the weather: the chain will rust, the plastic and rubber will break down, the colors will fade, and the plastic will get brittle. Plus, in areas with a lot of rain and humidity, bicycles will corrode more quickly. Put a tarp over your bike to shield it from sun and rain, or store it in your garage where it will be the least exposed to the elements. Not to mention, a lonely bike is just inviting a thief to help himself to a new ride.