When you buy a new home, it isn’t just a financial commitment, but also a lot of time and physical work that goes into it. There’ll always be something that needs fixing in a house, and you need to be prepared.
Let’s take a closer look at how to keep on top of maintenance around different parts of your home.
The kitchen is the room in the house that gets used most often, and some appliances need maintenance. Your garbage disposal can become clogged, and regularly cleaning it is essential. A top tip is to use some frozen blocks of vinegar. It’ll freshen your disposal and also help keep your blades sharp.
Gutters and Roof
You need to make sure your gutters and downpipes are clear of leaves to keep them from getting clogged. A roof is part of the structural integrity of your house, and regular maintenance is essential. Your roof and gutter cleaning should be part of the annual cycle of cleaning.
Smoke and Monoxide Detectors
Detectors are the things that keep you safe, and without them, you’re compromising your well being. They have a test button, and if you press it and it makes a sound, your alarm is working fine. If not, then you need to replace it immediately. They might also have corrosion on the terminals, so clean them out and try again.
Walls and Ceilings
Inspect your home for cracks and check for damp areas. Make sure you tend to these regularly if you find any. If the patches you fixed become moist again, you’ll need to address the problem at its root, which means peeling back the paint and restoring the wall to its former state.
If you have any wooden decking around your home, you should make sure they are properly sealed to prevent any water from being absorbed. As long as the seal is intact, it’ll improve the longevity of your decks.
Basements are usually storage places and can become neglected and overlooked as time passes. You should check for mold and water damage at least once a year. You can also give the windows a thorough clean and ensure that no bugs have made it their home.
Clean your house all over at least once a week, but bi-annually you also need to do a thorough clean. This means taking a scrubbing brush to every inch of your home and moving furniture away so that you can get to those difficult corners.
You can even get the whole family involved by having each person tackle a room. That’ll speed up the process and lets everyone know that keeping the house clean is important.
On the Whole
Keeping a house in shape is everything but easy. It’ll help if you’re determined to work hard because problems can pop up at any moment. Make sure you regularly tend to your garbage disposal, roof, and gutters. Check often for damp areas on walls and ceilings.
Decks and basements can get dirty in corners and cracks, so look closely in these areas. Twice a year, do a deep clean. Finally, be sure your smoke and monoxide detectors are working