People in the UK love keeping their homes maintained. According to research, UK residents are said to spend around £2,000 per annum on maintenance tasks. While there always seems like there’s a lot to do, especially when it comes to the exterior, it helps to know what needs to be done and how often to do it.
There are a number of benefits to keeping a house well-maintained, including saving on expensive repairs in the future, avoiding damage, and keeping the house in good shape should the owner ever wish to sell it.
Keep A Maintenance Schedule
One of the fastest ways to take care of maintenance tasks outside is to create and stick to a timeline. Have a daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, and annual checklist to ensure that things happen when they should.
For instance, daily tasks should include keeping the garden clear, watering flowers, clearing away clutter, and addressing issues that need immediate attention.
Weekly will include items such as gardening service and cleaning bigger items such as outdoor furniture and windows.
Seasonal tasks should include paint touchups, checking the gutters, and repairing pavers, while annual maintenance should include checking the roof for leaks and repairing the driveway.
Make Time For Small Things
While it may not be possible to do a full hour of landscaping per day, taking five minutes per day to check the exterior of the house will make a big difference. Even if this is to make note of items that need to be taken care of on the weekend, such as noticing loose shutters or untidy garden curbs. It also allows enough time to build up cash to repair items, as opposed to noticing issues when it’s already too late.
Buy With The Long Term In Mind
While it may seem prudent to hunt for bargains, it makes better sense to shop for items that are durable and hardy in order to stand the test of time. Building plastics specialists at EasyMerchant assert there are some items that tick both boxes and are both hardy and cost-effective. Check for reviews and whether the products carry quality endorsements before making a decision.
It’s also important to consider that design and manufacturing may have changed over the years and items that were previously made of wood or steel might now be made of reinforced plastic, such as gutters and pipe fittings.
Rope In The Help Of Professionals
There is a time for tinkering and DIY and then there’s a time to call in the professionals. One of the best ways to determine whether you can, and should, do something yourself, is whether you’re able to carry the weight of the cost if something goes wrong. Another is when you’re taking on a task that has legal limitations as to what you’re allowed to do, or one that is dangerous to take on.
Pay Special Attention To Potentially Costly Mistakes
There are some areas during a home maintenance check that can be left to the next season or perhaps even the next year, and then there are those that become more costly as time goes on. A roof leak is a typical example as it could get bigger and cause a lot of damage to ceiling boards, rafters, furniture, and flooring. Another is ignoring a crack in a wall or pool, or not paying attention to water spots in the garden that could indicate a burst or leaking water pipe.
While homeowners may have a lot on their hands in terms of keeping everything in tiptop shape, doing regular maintenance is both cost-effective and an excellent preventative measure.