A fatal mistake that a lot of us homeowners make is not realizing how quickly our homes can get into a bad state. You’d think that it would take years for your home to end up in a state of total disrepair, but that’s not the case.
Believe it or not, over the space of just a year, your home can go rapidly downhill. That is if you don’t make an effort to take proper care of it. Luckily for you, I’ve put together a few useful hacks for ensuring that your home stays looking as good as new.
Clean on a Regular Basis
You could be forgiven for making the mistake of thinking that the reason we clean our homes is to make them look and feel more appealing. While that’s part of it – no one wants to spend time in a messy space, it’s also because a property that’s kept clean, tends to stay in better shape.
For instance, kitchen surfaces that aren’t cleaned over regularly are more prone to cracking and chipping. Or, take carpets for instance. If they’re not vacuumed regularly, dirt starts to set into them, causing stains to appear. If you don’t have a quality vacuum cleaner, it could be worth investing in a new one. Companies like Vacuum Cleaner Market, for instance, offer various vacuum cleaner designs. So whatever your needs and budget, you should be able to find a suitable vacuum. It may also be worth investing in a steam cleaner to remove deep set in stains. The cleaner you can keep your home, the better.
Invest in Your Home’s Exterior
The exterior of your home is the part of the property that is at most risk of damage. That’s because it’s open to the elements. Rain, wind, snow, and even the heat from the sun can have an impact on your property. The rain and snow can cause cracks in your exterior walls or foundations to get bigger. The Wind can damage your roof and guttering. The sun can cause damage to your home’s paintwork, fading it.
To ensure that your home stays in good shape, it’s important to invest in its exterior. This means having your roof regularly checked for any cracked or broken tiles, and if there are any, replacing them. It also means repainting your home’s exterior every couple of years using weather resistant paint. In between repainting, it’s a good idea to pressure wash your property, to prevent dirt and grime from staining the paint. Give your home’s exterior as much love and care as you would the interior, and it should stay in good shape.
Update and Improve Constantly
Don’t put off updating and improving your home, as that’s how it will end up getting into a bad state. As and when an update needs making, make it. To ensure that you can cover the cost of any updates or improvements that need doing, set a certain amount of money aside each month. Put this into a high-interest-rate bank account and only dip into it when home updates need making.
Say, for instance; your boiler is leaking and no longer working properly. Instead of waiting to update or fix it, have it done straight away. This will prevent it from causing further problems and becoming even more expensive to fix. Or, say, for example, you notice that the paint in your living room is starting to peel due to damp. Don’t just paint over it, treat the damp and find the source of the problem. If you want to ensure that your home doesn’t get into a bad state, it’s important to constantly update it, improve it, and deal with any problems.
So there you have it, the best tips and advice for giving your home the TLC that it needs.