Have you noticed that when one household problem arises, it’s usually followed by a dozen more in quick succession? Keeping on top of your home maintenance and keeping your property in good working order means you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed when the inevitable happens.
It’s easy to feel a little daunted at the prospect of even basic home maintenance, however the following tasks are incredibly straightforward and if you’re looking to build on your self-knowledge and sense of achievement, you’ll love embracing a new challenge! Read on for some straightforward home maintenance you should complete this weekend.
Clean and maintain your microwave
We don’t often give much thought to this little kitchen hero, but the microwave is one of the hardest working appliances in your kitchen. Unfortunately, this means it can end up greasy, dirty and poorly maintained. The better maintained your microwave is, the longer it will last and the better it will perform – you can learn how to change a microwave light bulb, here. Start by giving it a good clean and ensuring all the mechanisms are in good working order.
Clear your guttering
Again, an area of our property we don’t give much thought to until a problem arises. Gutters can quickly become filled with leaves, gunk and debris, causing all kinds of issues such as leaks and breaks in the guttering itself. Dirty guttering not only looks unsightly, but it can lead to water damage on your brickwork including damp. If you’re unsure about using a ladder, then call in a professional for assistance.
Clear your external drains
If not properly maintained, your drains can quickly become blocked with leaves and debris, which means water won’t drain away properly. No one wants to deal with an overflowing drain, but if yours is crowded with debris and there’s heavy rain forecast, you could end up calling an emergency plumber for assistance. To avoid this eventuality, keep your drains clear.
Test your smoke and CO2 detector
When was the last time you checked your fire and carbon monoxide alarms? These detectors could save your life in an emergency, therefore checking the batteries and ensuring that they’re in good working order could be a matter of life and death. If you haven’t checked your smoke or monoxide alarms in a while, don’t wait until the weekend – check them now.
Check your home security
Do the locks on your windows still work correctly? What about your front and back door? If your property has faulty or inadequate locking mechanisms or outdated security then you could be at risk of a break-in. You could even be at risk of voiding your home insurance! Check each window and door very carefully, make sure they close fully and lock. If you’re unsure, reach out to a home security company or you can also consider adding CCTV to keep your home more secured.
Taking better care of your property will give you a sense of achievement and maintain or even increase the value of your property. Start by following the steps above.