If you have just received the keys to your first property, this is a milestone in everyone’s life and congrats are in order. It isn’t easy to get mortgage approval these days and finding the deposit can be a challenge, but if you made it through that maze and are now the proud owner of a new home, here are a few maintenance tips.
You should carry out a roof inspection every 6 months, which involves inspecting the roof tiles, cleaning out the guttering and making sure the timber fascia and soffit boards are in good shape. Talk to your local plumber in West Sydney and ask him to inspect the plumbing once a year, while the structure should be checked for dampness. Regular inspections mean you will find issues as soon as they arise, which helps to keep repair costs down.
Don’t tackle jobs unless you are sure you can do the work
Many homeowners end up having to call a professional in to sort out the problem after a failed self-fix; this is not only embarrassing, it usually costs more than if you called in the expert at the very outset. A blocked drain might seem like a breeze, yet before you can unblock it, you have to find the blockage and that can be a nightmare if the blockage is deep underground.
Pre-source important services
This is a cool hack; spend an hour Googling plumbers, electricians and roofing contractors and save the numbers to your speed dial; if the worst happens and you have a burst water pipe in the upstairs bathroom, the last thing you need is to have to find a plumber’s number – pre-source and be smart! Click here for tips on creating a luxury bedroom.
Make best use of the Internet
Some homeowners prefer to DIY building repairs and you can find ‘how to’ videos on YouTube for just about any job. You can ask Google anything and you’ll get the answer in less than 0.5 of a second! More complex home improvement projects are within your grasp once you have a couple of years of hands-on experience and aside from plumbing and electrics, you can generally handle most issues.
Another reason to inspect the building regularly is pest infestation; some bugs eat through timber and cement and if dry or wet rot sets in, you are looking at some serious damage. Talk to a local pest control firm and ask them to carry out an inspection; should you have issues with hornets, wasps or bees, don’t try to eliminate the nest, rather call in the professionals.
Your home is likely to be one of the biggest investments you will ever make, therefore it makes sense to maintain the building and with some improvements, the value will increase significantly. Never put off property repairs, as this will result in higher repair costs; prompt repairs are always recommended.