For many people their house is the biggest purchase they will ever make and to ensure that it does not lose value it needs to be kept in good condition. The maintenance of your home is therefore very important in order to ensure that it retains its value. This is increasingly important in the current economic climate where we have seen falling house prices meaning that you need to keep your home in good condition to ensure that you will get the best possible price for it if you ever decide to sell your property.
Below are some tips to keep your house looking in the best condition possible.
Windows and doors.
Regularly check that the windows and doors are in good condition. If you have old fashioned timber framed windows and doors then they will need to be treated every couple of years to prevent them from warping or rotting. If you are considering replacement windows then uPVC double glazing is a good idea as this only requires wiping with a damp cloth to keep it looking as good as new. Replacement windows are also a good idea as double glazing is often a feature which is high up on many peoples wish lists when they are looking for a new home. Likewise timber framed doors also need treating every couple of years and uPVC doors are available which do not require such maintenance. uPVC doors are now available for virtually any shape of door so whether you need a uPVC front door or uPVC French door there will be one available.
Look after the roof
The roof is one of the first places in a home to be damaged particularly in the UK due to harsh winter weather we often get. You should check your roof regularly as if issues go unnoticed they often turn into big problems. Look out for cracked, slipped or damaged tiles. If you get moss growing on your tiles you should remove it and you should regularly clean out your gutters to stop them from getting blocked.
Checking for damp
Damp is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Therefore you should regularly check your walls for damp. Usually damp is linked to problems with the outside of a house as it usually gets in through defective motor joints or hairline cracks in the rendering. Older properties are particularly prone to damp as they have solid walls.
Check wherever there is water
Check water down pipes for leaky joints and splits. Your pipes should be in good condition and you need it ensure that any cement or mortar around waste pipes is in good condition. If you have plants growing up the outside of your property such as ivy or roses ideally you should remove or at least keep a very close eye on them as they can damage the brickwork and retain moisture in the walls.
There are of course many other things which you can do it improve your house and these are just a few ideas to get you thinking how you could improve your home.