When you are looking after a home, your work is never done. From paying bills to cleaning, keeping the house well stocked and making sure any repairs are taken care of, it’s a lot to think about. For this reason, it’s no wonder certain jobs can fly under the radar. However, to avoid damage to your property and keep everything running smoothly, there are certain jobs that you just can’t afford to overlook. Here are a few to jot down onto your to-do list.
Clear Your Guttering
Ideally, you should clear your gutters twice a year. If you have a lot of trees on your property or on your street, they might even need doing more. Leaf litter, rubbish, and grime can all collect preventing rainwater from running down them properly. Leave them as they are, and gutters can become blocked leaving rainwater to flood everywhere. If you have light coloured rendering on the front of your home, it can become stained, plus it can cause leaks in the home too. This can lead to structural damage and the formation of black mold- seriously bad news. Get up a ladder with a pair of gardening gloves, or call out a company. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of time and hassle in the long run.
Get Rid Of Pests Promptly
Pests are any homeowner’s nightmare. Not only can they pose a health hazard but they’re unpleasant to look at and can cause serious damage to your property. Rodents can chew through wires leaving you with a huge bill to foot, and pigeons nesting in the eaves of houses and outbuildings can cause structural damage with their corrosive droppings. Don’t put it off, if you spot pests get them dealt with as soon as possible.
Insulate Your Home
In a home that hasn’t been properly insulated, every time you switch on the heating you’re losing just about everything through the walls and roof. Insulating your home is good news for the environment (since using less heat burns fewer fossil fuels), but it’s also good for your heating bill too. Since conservatories lose a lot of heat, consider a conservatory roof replacement with something that’s more energy efficient. Cavity wall and loft insulation are also good investments, the government often runs schemes to make these things cheaper so see what’s available in your area.
As a homeowner, it’s so important to have the relevant insurance. Do you know that if a fire or natural disaster destroyed your home, you would be left with nothing if you had no buildings insurance? While this might not be a regular occurrence, do you really want to risk being left with nothing? A good contents insurance policy is needed too if you’re ever broken into or again a fire, or natural disaster destroys your possessions you’re at least covered to be able to buy them again.
Had you overlooked any of these jobs, or realised the potentially disastrous consequences of doing so?