For many, buying a home is the largest investment they will ever make; yet, many home owners can be somewhat lax in caring for that investment. Without routine maintenance, little problems can slowly develop into big problems.
By having a schedule of regular home maintenance, proud home owners can protect their investment, and often save some serious money as a result.
While there are some maintenance jobs that are best left to professionals (such as roofing and structural assessments), there are also many smaller jobs that can be carried out by almost anyone. If unsure, it’s a good idea to call in an expert for some professional advice.
1. Regularly Test Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The importance of carrying out regular testing on these lifesaving devices cannot be overstated; regular cleaning and testing of the alarm could one day save your life. The Country Fire Authority recommends dusting detectors with a vacuum brush and testing their function at least once a month. Additionally, batteries should be changed every 12 months.
2. Check for Gaps Around Windows
Whilst most windows will be carefully sealed when the house is first built, over time these seals can deteriorate, letting in drafts that can work against heating and cooling systems and result in unnecessarily high power bills. If gaps are found, they can be easily filled using a suitable sealant.
3. Clean Filters in Heating/Cooling Systems
Heating and cooling system filters that are not cleaned regularly will accumulate dust that can cause units to operate inefficiently and irritate those with allergies or asthma. Home owners can consult their heating and cooling units’ user manual to confirm the recommended cleaning cycle and for instructions on how to go about cleaning the filters.
4. Clear Out Drains
Drains can be checked for blockages or build up by simply pouring a bucket of water down each opening and then observing if the water drains away as expected. If blockages are suspected, there are a range of recommended products and methods for efficiently clearing the drain.
5. Check Fire Equipment
It is not uncommon for home owners to invest in a fire extinguisher or blanket and then put it away in a cupboard and never think of it again. But fire extinguishers should be checked regularly to see if the pressure gauge is still indicating a full charge, and all fire equipment should be in an easily accessible location.
6. Inspect Gutters
Gutters are necessary to divert rainwater away from the roof of a house – if they are blocked, the gutters will overflow with water and this can lead to long-term damage. Gutters should be checked for a buildup of leaves or other debris, as well as signs of rust or other damage.
7. Check Shower Base for Leaks
A shower base with a slow leak can become an expensive problem however, if noticed early can be very simple to fix. Water damaged skirting boards or grouting that has come away from the tiles may indicate the shower base requires re-grouting and/or sealing.
By taking a little time to perform regular maintenance checks, home owners can save money and ensure their property retains its value.
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