When you have a home to look after, that’s precisely what you need to do – you need to look after it and keep up with the maintenance required. Ensuring that your home stays in the best condition possible means that it will be much more pleasant to live in, plus you won’t have so many expensive, unexpected issues to deal with when things go wrong if you’re carrying out regular maintenance. Another bonus is that when you move you’ll make more money on the sale, or, if you rent, your landlord will give you a good reference.
It’s clear, then, that keeping your home in the best condition possible is absolutely crucial for a wide range of different reasons. If you’re not keen on the idea because you think it would be difficult, don’t worry; it’s not as hard as it might appear at first. Read on for some of the best ways to keep your home in the best condition possible.
One of the easiest places to start when it comes to household maintenance is the paintwork, both inside and out. It will be absolutely obvious to you when you take a walk around your home if the paint is cracking or peeling, or otherwise damaged by the elements or general wear and tear. If there are signs of damage, then a repaint is the best solution. Re-painting your home every few years is a cost-effective way to keep everything looking its best, but it also gives the entire place a new lease of life, and it feels great.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to replace the current wall color with the same one when you repaint your home. This is the ideal opportunity to make some changes, assuming you want to. Since you need to repaint all the walls anyway (you can’t just patch up the damaged or peeling spots as this will be noticeable), you can have an entirely new color if you want to.
Another great way to maintain your property as well as possible is to regularly clean your gutters (or, if you are unable to, hire a contractor to do it for you as this can often be safer and give you a better result). Take care when doing this and ensure you have taken all precautions necessary because you will need to climb up to the height of the gutters to clean them out. Doing this, however, is important, as gutters that are too clogged with debris won’t drain the water away effectively, and it can cause damage to your home.
While you’re up on the roof or at roof height, it’s a good idea to check the tiles, flashing, skylights, chimney, and any other objects that can be damaged and might need fixing. You don’t see them every day, so this is the perfect opportunity to make sure everything is as it should be. If it’s not, again, hiring a professional to make any repairs as soon as possible is often the very best option and will ensure your home is kept well maintained for years to come.
As you go around your home doing your regular maintenance checks (which are extremely important when it comes to keeping your home in the best condition you can), you must not forget to check the windows. Look for any cracks or peeling paint as well as any signs of water. Water in and around windows can rot the frames if they’re made of wood and cause dampness and mold in other cases.
If your windows are double-paned, then check for condensation between the panes, as this will indicate there is a problem. You may be able to fix some of these issues yourself, but in other cases, it could be that you need an expert and that the windows might even need replacing. Although this will be costly, it is good for your property in the long term and could prevent worse problems from occurring.
Look at the Front Door
Most of the time, you’ll see your front door for a few moments as you enter and leave your home, and then you’ll probably forget all about it. However, your front door is one of the most important elements when it comes to how people will feel about your home; if it’s in good condition, they’ll feel more positively towards it, and you. If it’s broken or rotten or covered in old paint and rusty door furniture, they’ll form an entirely different view. Plus, it’s just not very pleasant to have to come home to something that looks bad and takes away from the rest of the property.
Front doors can be repaired, but often the more cost-effective solution is front and entry door replacement. Not only will a new door last for much longer, but it will be more secure, and it will look better than a repair too.
Imagine your home without electricity; it hardly bears thinking about. There would be no wifi, no TV, no radio, no lighting or heating. We rely so much on electricity these days that it would be virtually impossible to live without it. If you want to keep your electricity running, it’s best to keep the cables maintained. Check that they are in good condition from time to time, and if you notice that sockets or light fixtures aren’t working in the way they should be, call in someone who can diagnose the problem as soon as possible to prevent anything major from going wrong.
If you have a yard, either front or back or both, you may well enjoy gardening and planting beautiful shrubs, bushes, and flowers there. However, beware of how close you are planting these items to the building itself – if you plant too close, the soil and water, as well as the plant matter itself, can damage your property. Instead of soil close to your home, use gravel or other stones instead.
When watering your yard, make sure that your house isn’t getting watered as well. Move sprinklers so that they are at a distance to your building as otherwise this can cause rot and other problems.
It’s likely that you have smoke detectors in your home, and perhaps CO2 detectors as well. When was the last time you checked them? They need to be tested once a month to ensure they are working and that the batteries don’t need replacing. A fire would cause devastation in your home and could destroy everything you’ve worked for, not to mention the danger to life that it poses. Keeping your smoke detectors working properly will alert you earlier should the worst happen, ensuring that you have more time to call for help.
Quitting smoking is good advice for life in general, as it causes all kinds of diseases and chronic issues with your health. When it comes to your home, however, there is another reason to quit. Smoking in – or even near – your home will damage the paintwork and wallpaper, even turning it a yellow color over time. It will also leave a smell in the drapes or blinds and lingering throughout the house. It’s so obvious to a non-smoker that someone smokes in a property as soon as they step through the door because of the smell and the look of the place.
In order to stop this from happening, the ideal situation would be to quit smoking altogether. However, if that is not something you are willing to do yet, at least don’t smoke in the house and do it at the end of the yard instead.