Getting to Grips with Home Maintenance

Owning a home is likely to be the biggest investment many of us make, and as a recent homebuyer my head is filled with the small things I should be doing to keep my house in good condition. In addition, any steps which you take to keep your home well maintained are likely to help when it is time to sell, so keeping on top of things is a win-win.

If you are like me, more complicated DIY projects will fill you with fear. However, there are some relatively simple things you can do which will help to avoid large bills in the future.

Let’s go outside…

Keeping an eye on the state of your roof is one of the biggest issues in home maintenance. It’s important to replace missing tiles – though this may be a job for a professional. It’s a good idea to clear any debris, as this can speed up deterioration, and to prune back trees which overhang the roof.

If you are happy climbing a ladder, then inspect the gutters. It’s important to remove leaves and other matter which can build up, using a brush or small trowel. Take care not to let any debris fall into the rainwater drain by blocking it with a rag while you carry out the cleaning.

When it rains heavily, keep a look out for any leaking gutter joints. These can be easily fixed with a sealant, while broken brackets or even sections of guttering should also be replaced, although these jobs too are better done by a professional.

Paint is relatively cheap, but can add great value to the perception of your home. Painting exterior surfaces every few years is relatively simple to do, but will help protect against inclement weather. Wooden doors and windows can be painted if in good condition, though any rot may require expert attention.

If you have decking, aim to clean it and use a wood preserver every three to five years, otherwise it may rot far quicker than you’d hope. Meanwhile, clean paths and driveways to avoid the build-up of moss and algae.

Inside your home

The beating heart of your home is the central heating system, so it’s important to keep it running smoothly. It also helps in the ventilation of your home and in avoiding damp. You should aim to have a yearly inspection of your boiler by a registered tradesman and you can help the efficiency of radiators by bleeding them of air.

Loose or broken floorboards can be fixed relatively simply. However, problems with moisture or wet or dry rot, particularly springy timber floors next to walls is likely to require an expert. Make sure that under-floor ventilation is in good shape by keeping external air bricks clear.

By following some simple rules, you can preserve the fabric of your home, though remember to seek help with any structural issues. To help protect your home you may want to consider home insurance. There is also the reassurance that if you do have a valid claim, the insurer can help you find approved repairers to help sort things out.

 

{ disclosure: This is a sponsored post by guest blogger William David on behalf of Sainsbury’s Bank }

 

 

About Suzanne Chan

Suzanne is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… She shares her journey on this blog and The Disney Files. Read more about her here.

  • Mitch

    Sometimes I think owning a home is a pain. Cheaper to rent and make someone else responsible for the maintenance.

  • Caroline

    So true and so simple. My new actionables! Thanks MC!

  • Tyler

    There are some services that make it easy to manage home maintenance, like http://www.homespothq.com.

  • We should inspect our home before home maintenance and it should be done by an expert.

    http://www.englishseptic.com/inspections.php

  • Thanks for This great Post Dude.

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