Small Maintenance, Big Results

Close-up, hand with a screwdriver tightens the fixing screw of the window limiter.

 

You may well be familiar with the phrase: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

But the temptation to put a chore on the back-burner is strong – stronger even than the temptation to don your dungarees and get stuck into regrouting the shower.

When it comes to property maintenance, however, nipping issues in the bud is a no-brainer.

Leaving a problem unattended can allow it to worsen and become more expensive to fix.

Regular maintenance can also ensure problems never develop in the first place.

If they do, sometimes a simple call to the landlord or, if it’s you own home, a quick trip to your local DIY store can save the day.

When it comes to selling property, eagle-eyed viewers can be put off by the slightest defect. A well-maintained home will ensure its value is protected.

Here are some of the most common jobs that can be done at home to avoid problems later.

 

Condensation

When it comes to damp, condensation is the most easily and cheaply fixed. First, make sure you regularly clear your windows of water. Second, increase the ventilation in your home by opening windows, installing fans or vents and investing in a dehumidifier. Consider having the heating on for longer at a lower temperature.

 

Windows and doors

Keeping door and window frames clean can ensure they live a longer life. Keep all moving parts, such as hinges, oiled to keep them free-moving and safe from rust. Timber frames will need painted so no cracks in the varnish allow the wood to decompose.

 

Small cracks

Just as mighty oaks from little acorns grow, large gaping fissures from tiny cracks appear. Hairline cracks on a wall aren’t usually sinister. Sometimes in a new build they form as the building takes a few years to “settle”. A little plaster and paint will do the trick. Occasionally, cracks can mean subsidence – this is a much more serious issue and best looked at by a pro.

 

Pipes and water tank

Proper insulation is a job that only needs done once but could save you thousands. Pipes that aren’t insulated can freeze and burst, causing massive damage. As a cheeky wee bonus, insulating your pipes and tank can save you around £150 a year on energy bills.

 

Paint

Finally, although not essential, there’s nothing like a lick of paint to make your home look and feel loved. It’s recommended you paint at least every five years, although every two years is best. Anyone for a paint party?

 

If you’re a tenant it’s important to keep an eye on these things and raise any issue to your landlord, if it’s your own living home make sure you neither forget any of these!




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