A home is such a huge responsibility and if you’re in charge of a family, you might feel like all those responsibilities are building up!
A home, or house, like anything requires constant devotion. For example, if you don’t change the oil on your car with regularity, you’re going to see it fail. If you don’t maintain your home, it will fall apart.
By taking hold of home maintenance you can prevent future headaches and educate yourself about basic tasks that you can solve. It’s a good idea to know your limits though and calling in the pros is not a sign of failure in anyway, shape or form.
There are plenty of issues that can affect the home; from pests to plumbing. Thankfully, there’s this little thing called Google and no matter the issue; you’ll find a guide that will tell you exactly how to deal with it. Failing that, Google can also act as a directory that will let you know who to call for backup!
Every property issue you face is a serious issue – from air filter changes to gutter cleaning, because the ramifications and consequences with not dealing with smaller issues can turn into large issues which might result in a structural collapse.
Let’s start from the bottom. Your house can have a number of foundation problems and your job in this instance is to identify them. A leaning building is a horrible sight, but even standing water at the foot of your building can point to foundation issues. Unless you’re a constructing professional, consult a foundation pro who can ensure these issues are resolved.
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested with regularity as they are life savers. If the alarm doesn’t sound, make sure you replace the batteries and test it again as these shouldn’t be left alone if they are not working.
As said before, if you notice standing water on your property it is a good idea to check the drainage systems in your house. If rain water isn’t flowing away, you’ve got a problem. Grade your home with sand or dirt to protect your foundation from water or you can even ask professionals to raise your paving so that the water can drain away from your property! Gutters also help your home drain, so if they are clogged make sure you clean them out as this can not only cause the guttering to fall apart, but water might be diverted and leak through your roof. Gutters collect leaves and grime, so clean them out at least once a year.
There are plenty of issues we can face in the home and a lot more than are even listed here, but the key is to be proactive about them. If you rest in the face of a household issue, you might not be aware of the future cost even a small issue can bring. Start the fight upon identification of an issue and don’t choose to delay. You might not know the damage a tiny issue could bring in the future.