If you have recently got your foot on the first rung of the property ladder, congrats from us; managing a home is part and parcel of property ownership and in this short article, we offer useful tips on how best to maintain your premium investment.
Regular inspections – The only way to keep your finger on the pulse regarding property upkeep is to carry out regular inspections; the roof, for example, should be inspected every 6 months and prompt repairs carried out. If you are looking for automated gate repairs in Sunshine Coast, for example, Google can help you find a local company that can inspect your automatic gate. You should inspect the interior ceilings, looking for damp patches, which is a sign of a leaking roof.
Pre-source essential services – There are quite a few essential domestic services that you might need one day’ a roofing contractor, a plumber, an electrician, automatic gate supplier, tree surgeon and a general handyman for minor jobs. Compare call-out charges when searching for local contractors and you should end up with a few phone numbers that you can store in your smartphone, ready for any emergency that might arise. Add a drain-unblocking specialist to the list, just in case.
Free online resources – YouTube hosts thousands of home maintenance ‘how to’ videos, with everything from leaking taps to plastering walls. Any task you have to complete would be covered and with the right set of tools, you can save yourself a fortune. Of course, not everyone wants to become an accomplished DIY-er, which is why there are local providers for all the services you need to maintain your property.
The importance of prompt repairs – One thing is constant with regard to building maintenance, no issue is ever going to fix itself and a minor problem will become a major one; time waits for no man! When an issue is discovered, it should be dealt with as soon as is practically possible, without exception. A stitch in time saves nine, or so the saying goes.
Tools & equipment– It is perfectly natural for an Australian homeowner to acquire tools and equipment as they are required; when buying tools, always choose known brands and do check out the online pro reviews; it is better to pay a little more and have a tool that lasts for many years. A tradesman is only as good as his set of tools; start with the basics and as the need arises, order new tools online.
Start a snagging list – Things like leaking faucets and squeaky doors need to be recorded and when you have several minor issues, deal with them in a single session. That way, you won’t forget what needs to be done and if you need professional help, refer to your list of local services. Keep it on the kitchen note board, somewhere it will be seen, and you won’t overlook minor issues.
Owning your first home is an exciting time and we hope that the above information helps you keep your major investment in good order.