Keeping your home in pristine condition is no easy feat. Ensuring it’s tidy, clean and well-maintained almost feels like a full-time occupation in itself. Whilst there will always be the cleaning and tidying to do, there are ways you can cut down on larger maintenance issues in the long run. Plus, there are small tips and tricks you can use to save you time and money. Whether it’s a quick weekly check or a yearly checklist of maintenance jobs, we’ve got it covered in this guide. Here’s our best tips for home maintenance.
Investigate Previous Issues
This is so important when you first move into a new home. No house or flat is without its faults, so investigating issues that may crop up in the future can save you time and money in the future. It’s about pre-empting what could occur in the future. Speak to the previous owners or your landlord to see if there have been any recurring issues in the past. Whilst you’re unlikely to buy or rent a home with serious issues, it’s good to know the small bits that may require some attention. By doing your best to foresee issues, you stop nasty surprises catching you out. This could include securing wobbly furniture, or replacing anything with small damage that’s likely to get worse over time.
Test Safety Equipment
What should be near the top of everyone’s maintenance lists, but is often forgotten about. Make sure that the safety features you have around your home are working as they should be. Once a month, you should test the smoke detectors around your office and make sure the batteries are working. Furthermore, you should also change the batteries at least once a year. The same goes for testing carbon monoxide alarms, if you have them. Other safety equipment to test include making sure fire extinguishers are still usable, and first aid kits are fully stocked with everything they need. Here’s a helpful list of what your family home’s first aid kit should include.
Bleed Radiators Yearly
Contrary to what most people seem to believe, your radiators won’t keep themselves well-maintained. By bleeding your radiators, you release any excess air. This mean that they’ll work more effectively and get warmer quicker; all while using less power. Reducing power consumption through your radiators helps you to save money long-term, and it doesn’t take very long to do. There are plenty of tutorials online which will show you how to bleed your radiators.
Clean Chimneys Once a Year
If you’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning fireplace in your home, the chimneys can soon become a danger. The build-up of soot, bird nests and other objects may be flammable and could cause a fire if exposed to high heat over sustained periods of time. Aside from the issue of fire, a dirty chimney can become partially blocked. This means that it offers poor ventilation, which allows smoke and carbon monoxide to make its way back into your home. You don’t need us to tell you that this is incredibly dangerous for you and your family. Make a yearly appointment with a professional company, to ensure the job is done effectively. They could even tell you that it doesn’t require cleaning, but a professional’s opinion is definitely the best way to go when it comes to safety.
Seal Drafts on Windows and Doors
If you’ve noticed one particular room becoming colder recently, the likelihood is that there’s a draft coming through a gap in doors or windows. As seals around these begin to erode due to exposure to the elements, your home gets increasingly more difficult to heat. These gaps will become larger over time, so it’s best to see to them as early as possible. Check for gaps in seals every couple of months – this will help you to identify problem areas before they start to have an effect. When you do find gaps, you can quickly re-seal them – use this tutorial if you need help.
Get a Job Done Right
It’s a well-known saying: if a job’s worth doing, it‘s worth doing right. By choosing to do a job in the cheapest way possible, you often open yourself up to issues further down the line. A botched job can cost you thousands if it needs re-doing, so it’s worth making the investment in the first place. This way, you reduce the risk of issues occurring in the future. Plus, a job that’s done well is likely to look much better! Cheap and rushed building jobs often look exactly that, whereas where time and care is taken the end result is something to be proud of. Invest your money wisely, and you’ll soon reap the benefits.
Buy Durable Materials
If you’re planning a renovation, the materials are make or break. By increasing your spend – often not by much – on high quality finishes and fixtures, maintenance costs are likely to be lower in the long run. Wood and stone are natural materials that will last for longer, and if they’re installed correctly they can outlive your residency ten times over. By using durable materials and professional installations, you’re less likely to fork out in the future for similar work. Fabricated materials such as engineered wood and laminate flooring have come a long way in recent years. They can offer added durability, whilst still being cost-effective.
What other home maintenance tips have you got?