Regular home maintenance can not only help you save money on your utility bills but it can also add to your home’s value when the time comes to sell your property.
Regular home maintenance can not only help you save money on your utility bills but it can also add to your home’s value when the time comes to sell your property. Regular maintenance will also ensure that small jobs don’t turn into massive repair and reconstruction projects, which will require professional services and a hefty budget. Even those who consider themselves to be DIY challenged can manage some small home repairs. So, here are some easy maintenance tips to keep costs and inconvenience down, while keeping your home’s value up.
It’s not easy to ignore plumbing problems – dripping taps can drive us crazy – but it is easy to carry out preventative maintenance that keeps major plumbing problems at bay. You can take care of your kitchen pipes by not pouring fats or oils down the sink. If you do get oil down the drain – by accident of course – you can run some hot water and dish washing liquid down immediately to prevent it from clogging. Use a hair strainer in your bathroom drains to prevent clogged pipes.
Interestingly, Sandra Parker says that you shouldn’t use strong drain cleaners as the acids can damage your pipes and cause weak spots that leak. Instead use baking soda and vinegar and hot water.
You also need to put your toilets and your taps on your home maintenance checklist. A leaky toilet significantly increases your utility bills, and it can lead to more severe long-term damage as the damp affects your walls and floor – and that will really hurt your house’s value. You can check for leaks by putting some food colouring in your cistern. If the toilet bowl gets some colour, you have a leak. Usually this indicates a faulty flapper valve, which you’ll have to replace. Close the water valve to your toilet, flush it so all the water drains out of the cistern, remove the flush chain and slide the old flapper out. Slide the replacement over the overflow tube, reconnect everything and open the valve. You should be good to go.
Dripping taps are normally quite easy to repair. It’s a simple matter of replacing the washers. Just remember to turn off the water first; otherwise you’ll have interesting times.
Paint. It’s that simple. Your house always looks nice and tidy when it has a fresh coat of paint. And nothing makes a house look dilapidated and unwelcoming as peeling paint. On the bright side, your exterior walls might not need to be repainted; they might just need a really good clean. You can hire a high-pressure water cleaning system to give your house a good going over and it will sparkle as if new. Note, however, that you will need to get the pressure right because if you set it too hard you could end up removing the paint instead of cleaning it.
Sagging and rusty gutters not only look dreadful and chase away buyers, but they can also lead to water damage which will affect your walls and foundations. Keep your gutters clean and repair any holes immediately. You should also ensure that your gutters are securely attached to your house.
If you’re lucky enough to have a chimney, you need to ensure that it’s clean with no obstructions.
General home maintenance jobs
Small miscellaneous problems crop up all the time. Repair them as they arise and you’ll prevent a small problem from turning into a nightmare. For example, immediately replace any cupboard handles that come off, tighten loose doorknobs, tighten hinges and plaster cracks. If you feel a draft, track it down and do something about it. It’s usually something simple like window caulking, which you can do yourself.
When your house is in tip-top condition it’s easier to sell and it’s easier to get the price you want. When the time comes to sell your house, contact an online estate agent, like Tepilo, for some advice on how maximise your home’s value, including general maintenance checklists.