Redstones Property Management

The importance of maintaining your home

If you’ve just moved into a new home, whether you have bought it or you’re renting, congratulations! But as you get settled in, don’t forget the importance of maintaining the home. If you’re a landlord, maintenance will be crucial to you too.

By completing a few easy, inexpensive and regular checks, you can assure that your home stays comfortable all year round. Vitally, regular checks help to prevent larger maintenance costs from incurring. Winter is often the time that issues can occur, so being vigilant of maintenance in spring or summer is a great practice to get into.

A key tip is to keep windows clean. If you have wooden window frames, check them for rot too or ask your window cleaner to. Ask for recommendations to reputable window cleaners from Redstones or look out for adverts in local shops, online or a local newspaper.

Boiler repairs can be costly, so ensure that yours is serviced annually. Also, legally, all rented homes must have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms installed but they are a must if you’re buying too. Always test these alarms regularly and replace them if necessary, as they can literally save lives!

Examine any areas of your home that are unused, such as a loft, basement or spare room and address any problems urgently, such as damp or mildew.

Of course, it’s essential to check externally too. Check for leaks, loose tiles or broken guttering, preferably before winter sets in. Often, leaves can block gutters and lead to damp patches internally. Moss and split tiles are other issues to check for. Fix any cracked pipes and drains immediately, as they can lead to problems with damp and also look unsightly.

Getting into the routine of making a few regular checks, such as these, each year will prevent problems and minimise maintenance and repair costs. Maintenance will also ensure that the pleasant feeling of moving into a new home remains throughout the years!