There are a few things that you can do to keep the value of your house high. They don’t involve adding conservatories, or loft conversions. And more than that, house maintenance shouldn’t come under things like gardening, cleaning, decluttering or anything similar. Those are chores and should be taken care of on weekly (or more often) basis anyway. True maintenance jobs are the slightly time-consuming. But are also long-term money-saving ones like these:
HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
- Check all of the water pipes for any small leaks, and include faucets in this check too
- Checking all smoke detectors and adding new ones where needed
- Inspecting the roof for leaks, or hiring someone who can do this safely for you
- Getting the carbon monoxide detector tested
- Hiring Black Goose Duct Services for chimney matters, air ducts or dryer vents
- Power washing the concrete or paving around the outside of your home
- Cutting back and treating all hedges or ivy
- Re-grouting any tiles that are a bit worse for wear
- Inspect all brickwork, and if required treat with a 1 part bleach and 1 part water solution (for things like mould and mildew)
- Get any of the carpets in the house deep cleaned, do this at least twice a year
- Touch up all paintwork inside and outside
- Get the gas man in and have the pipes tested
- Clean drains and the guttering
- Resealing any windows that need to be done, or getting a window fitter to replace ones that are showing signs they are beyond their best
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Those are just a few of the things that you should do during the year. Although some are easier to do in the summer, like the hedges and ivy. When it comes to cleaning down the outside walls for any mould or mildew, make sure the wall is wet before you use the solution mentioned above. So that the brickwork and cement don’t soak up the bleach.
If you are thinking about how time-consuming and tedious these jobs are, then you also need to consider the cost if any of these go wrong. For example, a burst pipe is terrible, a bit costly to fix but nothing too serious. Having to replace a couple of tiles – no big deal. But, if you don’t check your fire alarms and something happens, then that is the type of accident that no amount of money can fix.
Your home is likely going to be the most expensive thing you will ever own in your life. And as such it should be given the utmost care and attention, to preserve not only your investment but to ensure your safety while in the home.
And, finally, when and if the time comes for you to leave this house behind, you want the prospective buyer to walk up a clean path, into a well-maintained home and see the real value in it. If the paint is peeling, the gutters are overflowing, and the grout is beyond its best they’re not going to be chomping at the bit to put an offer in.