Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips

Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips

Every homeowner has the responsibility to maintain their property in good condition and why wouldn't they? A well-maintained property holds it value better and is more enjoyable to live in. Unfortunately, home maintenance is a ceaseless task and it can get on top of people. To help turn your home into a better place, we've come up with our Top 10 home maintenance tips:

1. Clean your gutters

To do their job, gutters should be clear of leaves and debris. If they aren't, drain outlets will dam up and rainwater will fill them and overflow. You can hire a professional service to clean your gutters, but this is also something that you can do yourself. Plan to clean gutters at least once a year, or twice if you have overhanging trees and storms have been frequent. 

2. Change air-conditioning filters

Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment needs a filter clean every few months. A clogged, dirty filter can block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. 

3. Inspect the roof 

Check if you have any broken tiles or shingles, if corrugated iron has rusted or if sealing has blistered and ceased to be waterproof. Keep an eye out for any loose materials (nails or screws) or any heavy build-up of debris. You can use a leaf blower with an extension to clean away debris, or hire a roofing professional.

4. Check your pipes for any leaks

Check for any leaks. The main cause of leaky faucets is worn out rubber washers which can easily be replaced. It is also worthwhile to inspect your washing machine water supply hoses at least once a year. One of the top reasons for insurance claims is for water damage caused by leaky washing machine supply lines. While you are at it, check the lint filter. You will be surprised at what you could find - you may even pick up some spare change! 

5. Replace smoke alarm batteries

When house fires start, only a working smoke alarm can provide the critical warning needed to save lives. It is important for home owners to test their smoke alarms regularly and change any batteries annually to ensure the smoke alarm works properly. 

6. Fill up cracks

Inspect your home's walls for any signs of cracks or movement. You can fill them up and seal the cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicon caulk to prevent damp getting in.  

7. Vacuum your refrigerator coils

Dust can build up on the coils underneath your refrigerator over time. This will cause the coils to become less effective at dispersing heat, so they use more energy. It can also shorten the life of your refrigerator. You should clean the coils annually with a vacuum cleaner.

8. Replace or repair fly screens

If your fly screens are full of holes they will let in more than just fresh air and sunlight. Instead of hiring a professional service, you can simply replace the old mesh yourself. It is quick and easy. You should also regularly clean your window and door screens by dusting them with a feather duster, a lint roller or a vacuum cleaner. You can also clean them by rinsing them with soapy water.

9. Trim branches and prune your plants

Your garden should not be forgotten when maintaining your home. Trim overgrown branches, prune dead plants, and make sure your yard is well-maintained.

10. Clean your oven

A neglected oven coated in burnt food can become less effective and may stop working over time. It’s a good idea to clean your oven once a month to make sure that it works properly. You can also clean your oven by putting in an oven tray full of water on the lowest rack and setting it to the highest temperature for 20-30 minutes. Then use a damp cloth to wipe the oven.

Whether you want to sell or you just want to have your house in good shape, regular property maintenance is crucial. 

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