Thursday, 19 December 2013

Tips for Summer Maintenance around the Home

Taking good care of your home not only will help keep your house stay fresh and look great, but it will also help to save you time, money and effort in the long run. Making sure that you perform regular inspections of all aspects of your home can ensure that expensive repairs and problems will not creep up on you when you least expect it. So with a short checklist of things to check around the home, a quarterly inspection is all that is necessary to stay informed.


Doors, windows and security
One of the first things you should check around your home is to inspect and check the doors and windows around your property. Ensuring that no leaks are visible, no mould, mildew or damage has occurred to the window and door surrounds, and that is applicable, wood finishing is up to grade and that all seals are water tight and ready for what the weather can throw at it. Door and window inspection on a regular basis is a great way to ensure you keep tabs on security, too. Making sure that all windows and doors function properly, with working locking mechanisms is also important in case of fire.

Inspecting and checking the roof for any leaks and issues is another important aspect of a regular house inspection. Leaks and issues arising around the roof can be some of the most expensive repairs to make, especially if dampness has set in, so ensure that the roof is water tight and that a full internal inspection is carried out in the loft space or attic to make doubly sure. Loft or attic spaces should be regularly checked for pests as well as water damage. Make sure that the roof area is secure and that no birds or rodents can get into the space, saving you plenty of hassle further down the road.

Your air conditioning system will need to be inspected before any large duration where it hasn’t been used. This is the ideal time to ensure that your air conditioning system is up to working order, as not only will ensuring that refrigerant levels are safe and in tune, but also making sure that the system is cleaned and that the fan system is healthy operational order will also ensure that you won’t be paying extra on your electricity bill due to a faulty system.

Outdoor living spaces and pools
Pools and outdoor living spaces will need a good clean and check for any problems. Making sure that you maintain a healthy pool is key to its longevity. Making regular checks on the cleaning chemicals used and properly balanced is a priority, and that your pool pumping system is up to scratch. The last thing you want is to be in the height of pool party season with a broken down pump and no pool to cool off in.

Other items of maintenance around the home are important in this season, and by making sure that the exterior of your property is well kept will save you money in the long run. Keeping an eye on your paintwork is also a point of note, as weathering can have a huge effect on your exterior over the years. With a new lick of paint ensuring that your home is looking fresh and tidy, and by making sure that all of your systems around the home are in perfect working order, you can treat yourself to another six months of relaxation before the next inspection.

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