Worried about the routine maintenance you’ve put off far too many times now? You are not alone! Several other Australians who don’t do home repairs right away might be in the same boat as you.
Clogged gutters lead to water damage, dirty filters reduce the lifespan of a furnace, and chipped paint causes rotten wood. While these small problems may be simple fixes now, they’ll be a lot more complicated (burst pipe disastrous) later and will ultimately hurt your house’s resale value.
But luckily for you, you’ve clicked on the right link.
Read on as we tell you how you can turn your guilt into action with these basic yet helpful home maintenance tips.
If Your Doorbell Isn’t Working, Replace It
One of the first things your guests notice when they come to your home is your doorbell. It’s a shoddy way of welcoming future buyers to your home, and it’ll leave a bad impression even before they enter your house.
There are several stores online that can deliver a doorbell to you. Get one today and throw away the one that doesn’t work!
Change the Direction of the Ceiling Fans
You should change the direction of rotation of the ceiling fans inside your house twice every year. This will increase energy efficiency and put less pressure on the cooling and heating systems inside your house. Research suggests that using a ceiling fan at full efficiency can get you a 10% reduced heating bill.
Why is this?
Well, when you change the rotational direction, your ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise in the summers, which pushes cool air downwards. In most fans, the rotation can be changed with the directional change button on the motor. To get the fan to spin clockwise, reverse the switch.
Remove Water Damage Evidence
If your home had some water damage in the past, you probably got rid of it instantly, but have you fixed the evidence? If anything looks like it may raise questions, take care of it. Get a professional to help and fix the source of the water damage and the signs it leaves behind. According to some experts, you’re going to need more than just a coat of paint to get rid of the evidence.
You’ll have to get a stain-blocking primer. You can then use this on basement walls and ceilings and use it as normal paint.
Check the Overflowing Gutters
Gutter maintenance should happen at least twice a year or when the seasons change. Overflowing gutters won’t be doing their job, and not tending to them can lead to expensive repairs. So, before every fall and spring, seal the leaks, and clear any muck stuck in your house’s gutters.
If you have a two-story home, consider hiring a gutter cleaner who can come and do the job for you. While you’re at it, get the decks washed and ensure your spring yard maintenance is on schedule, too.
Keep the Floors Quiet
Squeaky floors can be an annoying problem in any house, whether it’s a hardwood floor or even when they’re under the carpet. To get rid of these menacing noises, follow this process:
1. Get a stud finder
2. Use it to find the joist near the floor squeak
3. Now use a drill screw in a trim screw
4. Make sure it goes through the carpet and then into the wooden floor
5. If it still makes noise, drive it further into the floor
You can also sprinkle talcum powder on the cracks around the squeak. Use a broom and pour the powder into the gaps. This will ease the noise, and you’ll be able to work from home peacefully!
Is Your Tub Clean?
After years of daily usage, the minerals in water, dead skin cells, and let’s not forget the dirt can make your tub look dingy and stained. To clean your tub, you don’t need strong chemicals that can be hazardous to carry. Instead, mix equal amounts of the cream of tartar (you’ll find it in the grocery store’s spice section) and baking soda with lemon juice until you have a thick paste.
Once you have this paste, apply it on the stains and then wait an hour to rinse. If the stains have lightened but are still visible, repeat this process one more time, and you’ll have a sparkling bathtub!
Don’t Delay Comprehensive Maintenance
Delayed repairs can catch up.
To ensure they don’t, monitor wood that has been rotting and sign up for maintenance schedules that check your air conditioners twice every year. Moreover, keep an eye on the roof, pest control, and plumbing; you’ll see the benefits when it’s time to sell your house.
Flush Your Water Heater
You’ll have to drain your heater or get it done by a professional plumber at least once a year. Draining the water will flush out any debris or minerals from the system to ensure it runs efficiently.
Clean Burnt Pans
Heavy usage of stainless steel cooking pans will eventually create dark brown burnt marks. To remove these marks without using toxic sprays, mix cream of tartar, baking soda, and liquid dishwashing soap. Put it on the burnt marks and then add hot water.
Keep scrubbing for a few minutes until the black marks completely fade.
Unclog the Toilet
Before adding a chemical into your toilet to free up stubborn clogs that a plunger can’t release, dump in half a cup of dishwashing soap. Let the soap lubricate the walls and mix for about an hour. Now flush the toilet, and everything should smoothly slide through.
Prevention Is Key!
With all that new knowledge, you’re ready! Even though home maintenance may seem like an avalanche of tasks you won’t be able to handle, remind yourself that you don’t have to do everything in a day.
The key is not to wait for things to go out of control! If there’s repairs required, do it immediately! A little prevention is going to go a long way when you’re fixing stuff around the house.