House care and maintenance tips
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Whether you are fortunate to own a property of your own or are renting a house from someone else, there are some basic, but essential, maintenance and care jobs that should be done on a regular basis. These will ensure that the house stays in top condition and functions smoothly and they will save you money in the long run. By tackling small issues early on, it prevents them from turning into nasty and expensive jobs later.
A well-looked after property will retain its value and when it comes time to sell, you’ll be grateful that you cared for it properly. Similarly, a landlord will be delighted that a tenant has maintained their property as if it was the tenant’s own home, and this will be a great way to stay in their favour.
Maintaining a home is not restricted to repairing damaged items - it also includes cleaning and preventing things from breaking in the first place. From cleaning the gutters to replacing batteries, these tips should be done on a regular basis:
- Doors and windows - replace any cracked glass and re-apply window putty to areas where it may have broken off. Apply polish to wooden doors, surfaces, railings and furniture regularly to prevent the wood from drying out and splintering. Replace any loose screws in door handles and check that the door frames are not bending or cracking.
- Gutters - drainage pipes and gutters are often neglected and can lead to serious water damage to your roof and ceiling if they become blocked. Remove leaves and debris on a monthly basis, especially at the end of winter or after a windy storm when leaves are most likely to have built up. Check the joins and corners for any signs of rust and leaks and see if they are still sloped correctly to allow water to drain towards the downspouts.
- Roof - check your roof often for cracked or loose tiles and replace these immediately. A leaking roof can cause water damage to the ceiling. If your property has a flat roof, then look to see if there are any bubbles or blisters. Keep the roof painted (it usually needs to be redone every 10 years or so, depending on the quality of the paint used) and trim any branches that make contact with the roof.
- Chimney - another repair job that goes unnoticed is the cleaning and sweeping of the chimney. This should be done once a year and is important because it removes the build-up of flammable byproducts inside the chimney. If a flame manages to escape up the chimney, or if the temperature gets too high, this build-up can catch fire and spread rapidly.
- Paint - not only is paint an aesthetic feature, it also provides a protective coating against the elements, which can cause rust and rot. Repainting a house can be expensive (depending on the size of the house) but it lasts a few years once done. It is also vital to prevent further deterioration of the external features of the home. The interior doesn’t need to be painted as often as the exterior but cracks still need to be filled and painted, and water stains on ceilings need to be addressed.
- Fixtures and appliances - check for any leaking taps, pipes and toilet cisterns. These usually require a simple rubber washer replacement. The kitchen extractor fan and hood vent should be cleaned often to remove the sticky, oily build-up from cooking. Pool filters need to be cleaned weekly to remove leaves and debris and allow the water to flow through the pump easily. Check the pool for cracked tiles and signs of leakage. Clean the tumble dryer filter and vacuum underneath and behind fridges and deep freezers to prevent them from overheating. Test and replace batteries for the alarm system, smoke detectors and other security features as often as you can.
By following these tips and performing regular checks on your property, you’ll be on top of the maintenance and will prevent small problems from turning into costly ones. Looking after a house can be a bit of a chore, but it is a vital process of owning a home and retaining its value.
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