When looking after our homes we tend to think more of the daily upkeep and the day to day things that need to be done in order to keep our home ship shape, clean and organised. The bigger, more time consuming jobs can tend to fall down to the bottom of our lists of ‘to-do’s as they can seem a little overwhelming and stressful to tackle. However the maintenance of our homes comes in all shapes and sizes and it’s crucial to keep on top of all areas of our homes. With that in mind, we want to share our list of the crucial areas of your home that need maintaining in order to avoid larger problems in the long term.
Sitting out of sight, out of mind on our ceilings and walls, it is easy to simply forget about the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in our homes. We all know that they save lives so it is really important to add these to the list of items in our homes that we are regularly checking to ensure that batteries are working and that units are fully functioning.
Surprisingly garage doors are one of the biggest safety hazards in our homes. Burglars know exactly what they are looking for and old and shoddy garage doors are an invitation for burglars looking for an easy way into homes. Therefore if you don’t already have a modern, electric and secure garage door you should be thinking about investing in one. Not only will it make the outside of your home look great it can also protect your home and your family.
Many homeowners are unaware that it is recommendable to do regular work to the roof of your home. Doing regular maintenance work on your roof will avoid bigger problems, for example leaks and damaged tiling, that may threaten the overall safety and maintenance of your home. Hiring a roofing contractor to come out and look at your roof every couple of years is the best way to make sure that you stay on top of any minor problems. We all know how quickly minor problems can turn into major problems so keeping on top of this will really pay off in the long-term. Make sure to also go over this roof inspection checklist before considering your first contractor: always do the job right.
Checking the plumbing in your house should be something that all homeowners should be doing on a regular basis. Checking for leaks or piping problems is essential in order to spot minor problems before they turn into major problems. There are lots of plumbing jobs that can be taken on yourself and there are some where you will need to hire the plumbing services of a specialist. You should be aiming to check the plumbing in your bathrooms and kitchen at least once every couple of months to make sure that there aren’t any leaks or problems that you need to resolve. In addition, look into a decent kitchen knife set to make sure you have the correct utensils and tools in the correct places of the home!
Water heaters are another area in the house that are easy to forget and therefore get a little neglected. However testing your water heater's pressure relief valve is really important as this prevent corrosion from mineral build up. So it is recommendable to be doing this once every couple of months.
It is common to think the only maintenance that we need to do to our fridge is keeping them clean and hygienic. However your refrigerator coils are are really important to ensure they your fridge is not using more energy than it needs to. This best way to tackle this job is to vacuum the refrigerator coils to remove the dirt that requires more energy in order to keep your fridge working properly.