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Home Management – Top Tips from Seasoned Homeowners

You might be a recently married couple with plans to start a family and having just taken possession of the keys to your first home, building management is something you need to look into. Your home will likely be the biggest single investment you’ll ever make, therefore it needs to be well-maintained, and with that in mind, here are a few home maintenance tips from the experts.

  • Pre-source essential services – At some time in the future, you are going to need a plumber, an electrician and a local oven cleaning service; source local companies ahead of time and store their emergency number in your speed dial. In the event you discover a burst water pipe in the upstairs bathroom, the last thing you need is having to find a local plumber. The list should also include a local roofer, carpenter, garden maintenance and an HVAC service engineer.
  • Prompt repairs – Once a small issue is detected. Fixing it should be a priority; a stitch in time saves nine definitely applies when it comes to building maintenance. The sooner you carry out repairs, the lower the cost; taking a proactive stance with building repairs is much better than waiting for things to go wrong.
  • DIY Know your limits – Sure you can save money by self-repairing; as long as you have the know-how and the tools to complete the project. There is nothing more embarrassing than having to call in a tradesman to fix your efforts! Resist the temptation to deal with something you have zero experience with; leave gas and electrical work to approved technicians. The Internet can source free resources should you wish to learn specific building skills.
  • Roof maintenance – The roof is the one component of the house that you cannot see from ground level; even a single missing roof tile can cause damage in the event of rain; schedule a roof inspection every 6 months and the roofer will issue you a detailed written report on the status of your roof.
  • Weekly chores – Make a list of chores that need to be carried out on a weekly basis; sweeping the leaves, emptying the trash and other stuff can be done in a single weekend morning. Get the family involved, the kids can take on suitable tasks and you can lead from the front.
  • Appliance servicing – Your HVAC climate control system requires regular servicing, which should only be undertaken by certified service personnel. Contact a local company that services washing machines, dryers and dishwashers and they can add you to their customer list.

Managing a large family home is no easy task, you will need all of your wits about you, and, of course, a little good fortune and some occasional hard work.  Carry out repairs in good time and never tackle anything that is above your station.

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