Save Money By Looking After Your Property
Properly maintaining your property is one of the smartest ways that you can save money whether you are a homeowner or a landlord. Making sure that you keep a maintenance checklist and that you keep on top of that list is vital to ensuring that serious issues are kept at bay by performing regular checks. Here are some of the things that you should be checking on throughout the year.
We’re going to start outside the home and work our way in. If your property has a garden or outside space, one thing you should be sure to do is keep it clean from fallen leaves and litter. The reason for this is that an untidy outside can lead to problems inside, namely pests using the cover of garden debris to make nests and eventually work their way into the home. While keeping a tidy outside isn’t the only fix to this issue, it is one that will help you avoid mice and other garden creatures finding their way into your property.
Coming into the house now and the most logical parts to discuss next are the doors. For starters, make sure you are regularly checking the hinges of your front door. If you notice they are squeaky or rattling, then they might need fixing. One of the more expensive problems that a door can have is if it is letting in drafts. The reason affects your bills is that you will end up having to increase the heat in your home through other means. Simple repairs like weatherstripping or hinge replacement might help, but if not then it is time to invest in a new front door.
For those of you with a garage, similar advice applies. You should be regularly checking your garage doors to make sure they are not letting in a draft and have no other issues such as opening or closing.
Inside the home, one of the most important things for you to keep on top of is alarms that are alerting you to danger. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can break or run out of battery without you realizing. Adding this to your maintenance checklist for regular checks is not only a smart thing to do but also very safe.
Heating and Air Conditioners
Finally, you should be keeping on top of the systems that are providing you with heating and air conditioning. The last thing you want is to get to the colder months only to find out that your central heating isn’t working. Common central heating problems include heat loss which means you are experiencing some heat but not all around the home. This could be due to a furnace issue such as clogged filters or mechanical problems. You might also be hearing strange noises, and while all sounds from your radiators may not be damaging, you should contact an engineer if required. Keeping on top of your heating and air conditioning with regular checks from a professional is the best way to ensure you aren’t left with a problem.