Keeping your home in good shape is as important as keeping your body in one. A house that is repaired and maintained regularly can save not only disasters but also a lot of money. In this piece, the focus is on the little steps a homeowner can take. They are divided into two broad categories: what to do outside your home and what to do inside your house, to make things easier and more organized.
What to check for outside your home?
• Trees are literally the root of the problem. A big tree that is far away from home can have roots that spread out wide. These roots can even use up all the water around your land. A dry land under your extension can cause significant problems. Trim the trees, especially f they are willow, oak, poplar or lime.
• With trees come leaves that get stuck in gutters. Check your gutters, a minimum of four times a year. Look for any dried-up clumps like bird nests or fallen leaves that may block water. A blocked drain leads to water leaking inside the home.
• The roof of the house is one place that should be regularly kept an eye on. Go outside and look at it for broken tiles of missing ones. A better option would be to call in a builder or roofer who can even check for water insulation. If you have hired a constructor, ask them to look at the walls too for any corrosion or infestation.
• The sewers are generally left as an afterthought. But a blocked drain can be the cause of an unusually pungent smell. A thorough once-over of pipes for faults can save a lot of headache in the long term.
What to look for inside your home?
• Rot can crumble a home from the inside out. A quick check of all the frames in the house should be done every season. Keep the windows and doors that are open to the elements of nature particularly in mind. If there is any give in them, changes the frames ASAP.
• Any electric socket that is parking or lights that flickering should be sorted out immediately. These can be fire hazards. Call in an electrician and get them checked.
• Look for the smallest damp spots on walls and ceilings. Even a tiny patch can grow up to be a big issue that may require extensive repairs. Look for the source of the stain instead of just patching up the stain.
• Most of us forget to maintain radiators until they stop working. Bleeding a radiator is during mid-winter and at the start of the season is an excellent way to keep them working efficiently. Any heater that is filled with air works only at 50% power. This means it used more energy and racks up the electricity bill.
Each of these small steps can be taken quickly. They will not only keep the home in good repair but also stave-off any major problems.