For a new homeowner, the long list of various upkeep and maintenance tasks can be intimidating. However, just like a regular oil change in your car keeps it running for years, a regular maintenance keeps you from spending money on bigger repairs in the future. The good news is that you can do much of it by yourself, with no special skills or experience needed.
Clean the garage
Garage cleaning is somewhat of a spring ritual for every homeowner. The purpose of the garage is to keep your car clean and protected from the elements. However, with the extra dust from your DIY projects, you should clean it even more, at least twice a year.
Remove invading plants
While this tip also falls under gardening, it has a lot to do with the condition of your house. Plants will grow almost anywhere, including cracks and holes in the pavement and especially between the pavement and the skirting. These plants can cause damage to the outer structure and impair the condition of your home. Altogether with climbing vines that get out of control, you need to nip them in the bud. Decorative vines do much better on a wooden trellis.
Inspect the exterior drains
The exterior drains are designed to direct the rainwater flow away from the house. If the water stays in puddles longer than 24 hours, there is a chance that it will move towards your foundation. First you need to check the gutters: they may just need cleaning or there is a loose connection. Then, try grading the area around the house with some dirt. Finally, if nothing helps, hire professionals to raise your pavement at an angle so that it drains away from your house.
Give your home a general cleaning
At least twice a year, dedicate one Saturday to deep cleaning your house. Besides floors, make sure you clean all the appliances, windows and storage areas, including the basement. Unless you do it, grime and dust will build up on the surfaces over the years, making the cleaning harder for every year you miss.
Check your electricity
Always take extra caution when working with electricity. There are a few things you can do relatively safely, like checking if all the outlets are working. If they aren’t, you can re-wire them yourself, or call an electrician. Bear in mind though, that Australian law is very strict and pretty black & white when it comes to electrical work. Any work not done by a certified electrician may void the home insurance.
Get your AC serviced
It largely depends on individual homes and, more importantly, the part of the country you live in. While some localities will use only simple window air units, others will require big coolers on the roof. AC systems are fairly simple machines, and just a few clicks on the Internet and a user’s guide can help you solve most of the issues. However, if you contact one of the maintenance companies for air conditioning in North Sydney, you’ll probably save money and save yourself the trouble down the road.
Address the insect problem
Summer is their favourite season. The longer the summer, the more likely you are to have insect issues in your home. The good thing is that you probably won’t have to look too hard to find them. Ants, moths, termites and spiders are relatively common pests, and easy to eliminate. Make sure you remove the cobwebs regularly and keep ant powder at hand. Termites are common in Australia and it’s said that one in four houses will have them in their lifetime. Unlike some other insects, they are harder to spot as they prefer dark and damp areas, so an annual inspection is a must.
Regular home maintenance is composed of activities that are easily forgotten or postponed. This is because many of the tasks need to be done only once a year. However, if you keep missing them, your home can easily become that ‘one house’ with peeling paint or the overgrown yard.