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If you have just bought your own home or own your home already then you will know how hard you generally have to work to get on the property ladder. So letting your house get into a poor state of repair and having to spend money repairing things that could have been easily avoided is the last thing you want. Your home is where you spend a lot of your time, so looking after it is necessary to help it look after you; a house that is poorly maintained has the chance to break and cause issues in the colder months. So here are some tips to keep your house well maintained and stop it costing you even more money in the future.
Look After The Outside Of The House
Keeping the inside of your house clean and tidy is a given in most households, but a lot of homeowners neglect the walls that make the house what is. If you leave your house to get cracked and neglected then it will ultimately lead to costly repairs and possible damage to the inside of the house. If your walls get cracks and they are left unrepaired, this then leads to more damage and the potential for leaks into the interior of your home. You can have cracks filled and also paint the outside of your house this will make it more aesthetically pleasing and also if you use the right paint waterproofed to help stop those cracks returning and getting worse. The main cause of cracks in the walls of your home will be wall crawling plants like ivy. They tend to creep up your wall and you think nothing of it but they can actually start bedding into the walls causing minor cracks which will be made worse over time by the weather.
If you have a fire then you will definitely have a chimney of some sort. If unmaintained chimneys can become very dangerous causing house fires or smoke issues within the house. When a chimney is left unmaintained then birds will nest in there or soot will build up from your fires and this causes blockages. If you were to start a fire while the chimney was blocked then all the smoke going up will build up in the chimney then eventually start coming back into the house and that will cause major health risks with smoke inhalation. If the blockage you get in your chimney is flammable (such as a birds nest) then it will eventually combust from the heat and embers going up the chimney, which could start a chimney fire. It is very easy to get a chimney brush to get blockages yourself or if your chimney is in need of repair, you can google chimney repair superior for your local area to ensure you get the best service possible.
If you have a garden then keeping on top of it is crucial, not only for your property to look good, but it also stops it being a gathering ground for pests and potential burglars. If you leave your garden to become overgrown (especially by entry points to your home) then it allows burglars to break in unseen and hide in your garden which makes security for your home poor. Also if your garden is overgrown and you have children then it can be easy for them to injure themselves whether it be in thorn bushes or stinging nettles.
While tidying up your hedges and bushes in the garden helps it look nice, tidying up anything that is left lying around the garden is a good idea too. If you have children and they have left their toys everywhere. then move them to one side or to the shed; the same goes for any gardening tools to as they can be dangerous if just left lying around. If you don’t have storage in your garden then it is best to get some, like a small shed or a storage box that can be put neatly in the garden just for tools and gardening equipment..
Maintaining the indoors of the property is key to keep your home feeling fresh and comfortable to live in. if your interior is drab or dirty then it can have an impact on how you live and how you feel. Freshening up the place can be the breath of fresh air you need to pep you up in life. Carpets can become dirty very easily, so keeping them maintained is important. It can be as easy as running a vacuum over them or you may have to get them cleaned professionally or replace them depending on how bad they have become. If you have tiled flooring then you need to keep on top of the grouting to stop them cracking and coming free, if they have cracked then you can clean up the grout and refill them to get them back to a good state of repair.
As well as maintaining your floors you will need to maintain the walls. If they are wallpapered then it can start to come away from the walls and will need replacing or re sticking. If your walls are painted then you will need to keep an eye on any chipping or dirt. If the walls get dirty then it is usually best to just paint over it as trying to scrub the dirt off will remove the paint. If the paint is chipped then it may need to have a couple of coats applied to make sure it is even with the rest of the wall where the paint has come away.
Indoor maintenance is very broad as there is a lot to maintain in the house: making sure the electric sockets are not broken, checking lights to make sure bulbs are working and no wiring is loose, checking the plumbing to be sure there are no leaks, and so on. It isn’t just the house itself that needs to be maintained; the furniture within it will need to be maintained or replaced if damaged as well to keep the house looking nice.
Check The Roof
Make sure to check your roof for any loose tiles and cracks as that can lead to dangerous and damaging consequences. If your tiles are loose or missing then it can lead to them falling on someone and causing a lot of damage. Also, if they are missing then it is more likely to lead to leaks within your property causing damage to the house. If the tiles on the roof are cracked then they can soon become dislodged, especially in cold weather when any water in the cracks will freeze and expand causing the tiles to break off and fall again potentially causing injury to passers by.
While on the roof it is best to also check your guttering. Guttering can become clogged with moss, branches and leaves. This then leads to a back up of water which will lead to damage of the gutter and potential for the guttering to cause flooding into the property.
You may not know you have pests but most houses can have them and not notice. Pests can be anything from bed bugs and fleas to mice and rats. If you have pets then it is likely you will get fleas at some point. If these are left and not dealt with, then they will become an infestation which is harder to deal with than just dealing with them when you first notice. Bed bugs can be found just by checking your bed and prevented by washing your bedding weekly. If you do find them, you can call in pest control to deal with it or you can buy sprays and bombs to put in the house to kill them and help rid the house of them. If you find rodents like mice and rats, then you can lay traps and poisons yourself or again get in pest control to have it done professionally. It is always advised you have a professional deal with it to stop it possibly coming back and getting it sorted quicker, but if you are on a budget then you can have a go tackling it yourself.
Keeping your house maintained isn’t easy, but is definitely something any homeowner should do. Not only does it save you money in the long run on repairs, but you will feel better for it to. You don’t have to do it all at once; it can just be done a bit at a time as it is very unlikely they will all need doing at once. Hopefully with these tips it will give you an idea of what to keep an eye on, and help you keep your home in top notch condition.