It would be nice, wouldn’t it, if when we bought our home, we were buying “the complete package.” After all, they cost us enough money: can’t we just pay the cash and live a life of peace? Alas, it’s not the case. If our homes are going to be as good ten years down the line as they are today, then we’re going to have to get used to conducting some good old home maintenance. But what does this entail, anyway? Below, we take a look at four key areas that will regularly be deserving of our attention.
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Keep Moisture Under Control
Moisture is likely to be a recurring danger to your home. The problem is that it never truly goes away; it’s always around, threatening to give your home problems that can be difficult to eradicate. Indeed, one of the main dangers of moisture is that it affects your home in so many negative ways! You can have mold issues, infestations of bugs, wood problems, and damage to your electrical items. As such, it’s imperative that you keep an eye on your moisture levels, and take steps to keep them in balance. You can do this by installing exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, and by keeping damp-prone areas of your home dry.
Leaks and Drafts
Our homes can take a pretty brutal beating from the elements, and after a while, they may develop issues that allow in water and drafts. After a while, your windows and doors are going to be drafty, letting in cold air that great compromises how comfortable it is to be inside your house. Your roof will be another source of leaks and drafts, too, and the issue with roofs is that you can’t see any damage until it’s too late. Every so often, have a roofing company inspect your roof for damage; you’ll be thankful for it when the heavy rain begins to fall. When your home is all sealed up, it’ll be livable no matter what the weather’s doing outside.
Test Your Safety Equipment
You never know when you’ll have an emergency in the home. But the question is: are you set up to handle a disaster in your house? Part of proper home maintenance is ensuring that you’re as well protecting against accidents as you can be. Every three months, check that your fire alarm and extinguisher are working, and also test your burglary alarm system. These are things that you’ll hopefully never need, but when you do, you need to ensure that they’re in full working order.
Outside of the Home
It’s not just the inside of the home that you need to concern yourself with. During strong winds and stormy weather, the outside of your home will be at risk. Before each bout of bad weather, check that there are no branches or trees threatening your home. Like most things on this list, it’ll take just a couple of minutes to check off your maintenance list but may make a massive difference.
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