A lot of people are about to clock out for the year and begin their holidays. If you’re lucky enough to be one of them, you’ll have a bit of extra time to get all of those niggly property maintenance tasks done that you’ve been putting off all year.
While property maintenance might not be the most exciting way to spend your holidays, it will help keep your home in top condition and possibly save you from much bigger (and more expensive) problems later on.
Plus, once your done you’ll truly deserve to sit back and relax for the rest of the holidays.
- Fix minor issues (before they become big ones)
Got a leaking tap, or maybe a door that’s not closing properly? Small household problems might not bother you too much on a day-to-day basis but they could cost you significantly if you let them go on for too long. A leaking tap for instance could result in litres of wasted water, or a sticking door might end up damaging the area around it and causing problems that need major repairs.
- Get into the garden
Gardens have a habit of getting unruly if you don’t keep them in check. Small tree roots and weeds might look harmless at the start, but if they are left to grow they can end up taking over your garden and possibly even damaging your home.
It pays to do regular walk-arounds of your garden to keep an eye on growth and make sure that plants and trees aren’t encroaching on pavements or structures.
Keeping your garden in check is something you really need to be doing all year, but you need to put in an extra bit of work in summer at growth can creep up quickly during this time.
- Clean out gutters
Gutters can become clogged with leaves and twigs, particularly after summer storms. They should be cleaned out regularly so water can flow freely through them to a suitable place away from your home when it rains.
- Maintain decks, patios and exterior walls
The outside of your home is important and needs regular checks and maintenance. Check on the paintwork of your walls to see if it’s starting to flake, this could mean it’s due for a new coat. For wooden surfaces such as decks, look for any signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking out. A new coat of oil or paint might also be needed.
- Check your hot water system
This might not seem obvious because people tend to use less hot water in summer, but that’s why it’s the best time to get any issues with your hot water system fixed. Imagine finding out you have a problem in the middle of winter?
Call in a plumber to give your hot water system a maintenance check and any advice on how to keep it in good shape, and while they’re over you might like to ask them to check over your air-conditioning units too.
Home maintenance is important all year round to keep your home at its best. If you make the effort to look after your property and fix any issues as they come up, your home will be more enjoyable to live in and it will hold it’s value better too.