As one of the biggest purchases you’ve made in your lifetime, the last thing you want to think about
after buying your home is the money you’ll need to spend to maintain it. However, in order to truly
look after your investment, you’ll need to dedicate time and money to preserve its integrity for years
Home maintenance is a crucial responsibility for any homeowner and, when done right and often,
can actually save you money in the long run. So, while you have some time on your hands this week,
have a think about ticking some of these tasks off your list.
Unclog those drains
It’s not a pretty job, and often one that we leave until a sink, tub or shower is unusable without
doing it, but clearing those drains regularly will save you time and money later. Soaps, toothpaste,
hair and sediment build up in a drain and lead to some pretty nasty clogs. To prevent the chance of
overflow or damaged pipes, give them a clear out regularly.
There are a couple of ways to tackle it, from solutions you can concoct from pantry items to
commercial cleaners and drain snakes.
Clean the gutters
If you’re able to safely, take a look at your gutters on a regular basis and clean out any leaves and
other debris. Depending on where you live and the weather in your area, this can provide a range of
benefits. In the summer a clean gutter can prevent fire hazards. Over the winter you’ll have less
chance of leaks or damaged guttering.
All year round a clear gutter will also reduce your chance of getting pests in your roof.
Fix that leaky tap
That slow drip might not be much of a nuisance at the moment, but left over time it can wrack up
quite the bill. Preserve water and take a moment to tighten that leaky tap nut or replace the washer
if required. While you’re at it, you may choose to replace the faucet completely to give your room an
updated look as well.
Test your smoke alarms
Not only is this crucial for protecting your home but it’s essential in protecting your family too. Check
all smoke alarms every month to ensure they’re working as they should. Give the detectors a once
over with the vaccum every six months to clean out dust and be sure to replace the batteries every
year. It’s also important to note that even by taking these steps the alarm won’t last forever and it’s
recommended you replace the detector completely every 10 years.
Check your air conditioner filters
Even if you don’t use it often, take a look at your air conditioner filter and give it a good clean. Often
it’s a matter of popping the cover off and gently lifting out the filter. Hand wash these in the sink or
take a look at your manual as some are even dishwasher safe.
Keep an eye out for part two of our maintenance series for more tips.
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