Whilst of course it is wonderful to own your own home and experience all the benefits of ownership, one of the pitfalls of owning your property instead of renting is that you are the one that has to cough up for maintenance. Which is why this week we are looking at things you can do to preserve your home, prevent bigger problems down the line or perhaps give it some extra kerb appeal and make your house more saleable if you’re planning to move.
Here are 5 things you can do right now, by yourself to avoid those expensive repairs:
Pressure wash the exterior of your home
Most of us keep the interior of our homes clean and tidy and attend to minor repairs, but when it comes to the exterior, we don’t always give it the same amount of attention and realise too late that things which could have been easily prevented have turned into major problems!
Experts recommend that you clean the exterior of your home every two years to prevent moss and algae forming and damaging mortar and paintwork. Pressure washers used to be expensive but can now be found for a reasonable price in the middle aisle of one of those popular German discount stores. Failing this you can hire one or borrow one from a friend. Whatever the expense it will certainly be cheaper than repairing the damage caused by slime or damp permeating your walls.
Sometimes the walls may look like they need a lick of paint when actually they just need a good hose down, so you can save a lot of money this way and also make your home look 100% more attractive if you are preparing to sell.
Clean out your gutters
This should be done every few months to avoid a build up of water seeping through to your internal walls. If your gutters are filled with moss, leaves and sludge this could also cause the guttering to come away from the property, so it’s worth being pro-active here and maintaining it regularly in order to save on potential costly gutter replacement or damp-proofing bills.
Check your loft insulation
Good quality insulation will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter and save you a lot of money on heating bills. If you haven’t already, get up into the loft and check the insulation is nice and deep, with an even covering and no gaps. In 2003, building regulations were amended to recommend a depth of at least 270mm (about ten and half inches) of mineral or glass wool in your loft. Use this as a starting point rather than a finishing line in order to experience larger savings. Some people insulate up to 400mm.
If your loft inspection reveals that you do need some extra insulation, you can save a lot of money by buying it and fitting it yourself.
Weed your driveways and paths
That pesky moss doesn’t just cause problems on walls, roofs and in gutters. If you leave weeds and moss to grow on your driveway and paving areas, the roots can grow underneath it and crack the surface. It’s easy to prevent this from happening by being proactive in addressing the problem. Where possible remove weeds by hand and pull them up by the roots. Moss and slime can also cause problems by making your pathways slippery too, so give all your paths a good pressure washing if you can and blast off any algae or slime. Once they are clean and weed free this will also make your home look more attractive if you’re planning to sell.
Wipe down your doors and window frames
Over winter, grime and dirt can build up on your exterior door frames, doors and window frames. This can cause premature fading and discolouration. To prevent them from needing to be repainted every year, give them a good clean every spring with warm soapy water and continue your cleaning regime as required to ensure that they remain in good condition and do not deteriorate.
Have you followed out tips to make your house more saleable? Hosed down, weeded, cleaned up, insulated and ready to make your move? Why not give us a call to see how we can help with a free, no-obligation quote? If you need to store some stuff during the sale or the move, we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.
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