Maintenance is an important part of owning a home, whether it is a downtown luxury apartment, a two-up, two-down red brick house in the suburbs, a canal barge, or a country cottage. It is not something that most people love thinking about or doing, and it is pretty boring when it comes to being a topic of conversation. There are, however, a significant number of home maintenance jobs that you need to keep on top of. By making them part of your schedule, you are more likely to pick up on problems before they become too big or too expensive to deal with. Let’s take a look at some of the things to add to your to-do list.
Keep an eye out for broken or missing tiles, as well as cracks in your chimney. Keep an eye out on the inside for any odd marks that might indicate a leak. If you have a flat roof, make sure to clean it regularly because leaves and other debris will trap water. Sloped roofs are easier to clean because their form prevents much debris from accumulating.
If you have trees near your home, keep them pruned and don’t let their branches hit the roof. This can cause damage to your roof, particularly in bad weather, and can also serve as a bridge for pests to enter your home.
Drains and guttering
These are an essential part of your home’s construction, as they keep water away from the foundations and protect the integrity of the structure. Check for cracks and leaks on a regular basis and clean leaves and debris. You can see the rain coming from leaky joints during a heavy downpour, but in dry weather, look for stained patches of brickwork.
If water is not flowing down your drains easily, it could indicate a blockage. There are several options available from professionals to help you get rid of whatever is causing it, including the fabulously named electric eel.
Decking and patio
Drive a screwdriver into the wood to look for any broken planks if you have wooden decking. To keep it clean, any that appear to be soft or fragile should be replaced. Keep an eye on any algae that appears; it’s much easier to get rid of it if you catch it early. While pressure washers make this job fast and simple, a stiff brush and hot water will suffice.
Any rough patches on decking and handrails should be sanded down, particularly if you have pets or children who might be walking on it barefoot – no one wants splinters! Apply the requisite treatments and staining or painting materials to your deck on a yearly basis to protect it.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, as there are many maintenance tasks you should perform throughout your house. It can, however, give you some motivation to get started on your own schedule. It is much less daunting – and costly – to create a schedule that spreads out the work over the year.