Home maintenance is something that, all too often, is neglected until there's an issue which can often lead to higher repair costs. For most people, property is the most expensive thing they own, and it's worth taking care of your investment. These home maintenance tips will help you protect your home. As William Morris said, "Put protection in the place of restoration, to stave off decay by daily care".
Home Maintenance Tip #1Check the guttering for any blockages. It's easy for leaves to fall or blow into your guttering, but a blocked gutter can lead to leaks and damp. Clearing out the gutters regularly will help you avoid this issue: a soup ladle is a surprisingly effective tool for the job. It's also worth checking your rainwater goods (drainpipes and guttering) are in good condition without any corrosion or damage. If there are leaks, you may be able to re-caulk, or just replace damaged sections, rather than replacing the entire gutter/pipe. Make sure that ironwork is regularly repainted to avoid corrosion. (Follow ladder safety advice, if you're working roof tiles at height, of course.)
Home Maintenance Tip #2Check the roof for loose or missing tiles, cracks in the chimney, damaged pointing, and signs of decay in thatch roofing. Keep an eye on moss growth too, and make sure there's no other vegetation taking hold (unless you've got a green roof and want vegetation to thrive). If you don't have bird cages fitted to your chimneys, install them to stop your chimney becoming a home to local wildlife. Check inside your loft space for slipped roof tiles and signs of water ingress too.
Home Maintenance Tip #3Pull furniture away from walls to check there's no damp behind it. Check inside cupboards too, particularly in cold areas of the house (e.g. outer facing non-insulated walls). Mould can take hold in cupboards, and can destroy your belongings. Once you've cleaned any mould, let it dry and use an anti-mould paint to keep it at bay. (If the problem's really bad, you may want to use a membrane to prevent water penetration). Don't over stuff cupboards once you've cleaned them out either. Air flow helps fight damp a good excuse for a clear out.
Home Maintenance Tip #4Check your heating. Central heating is designed to work as a complete system so leaving radiators off in rarely-used rooms may not be as cost-efficient as you think, if you end up with damp problems as a result. You don't need heating on constantly it's a myth that keeping your heating on low all the time is the best option. However, it is important that you warm all the rooms in the house.
Home Maintenance Tip #5Check your ventilation. It's easy for damp to build up in a poorly ventilated building. If you have air bricks, check they aren't dusty and haven't been blocked; and if you have ventilation units, check they are working properly. To read part 2 of this #FeatureFri post, please click here.
Alternatively, if you're landlord looking for an agency to manage your property portfolio, contact your local Martin & Co branch, who will be happy to help with your lettings and maintenance needs.
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