New to Property Ownership? Top Tips on Building Maintenance
If you have just received the keys to your first home, congratulations are in order; it isn’t every day that you become a property owner, which does bring with it a high level of responsibility. In this short article, we offer the new homeowner useful tips on building maintenance.
Pre-source essential services – If you live in Mornington Peninsula, contact Southside Electrics and store their emergency call-out number for future reference. Other local contractors to contact include a plumber, drain unblocking specialist and a roofing contractor, which you might need at some point in the future. By pre-sourcing essential numbers, you won’t need to panic when you require immediate assistance, simply call the emergency number and someone will be with you in a matter of minutes.
The importance of regular building inspections – You have probably heard the saying, ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and regarding property maintenance, this is very true. The roof is a classic example of this, as most of the roof cannot be seen from the ground, therefore, you should ask a local roofer to inspect the roof every 6 months. The rest of the property should also be inspected, looking for signs of damp or damage of any kind and should you find any minor issues, have repairs carried out as soon as possible. Aside from a close inspection, the contractor would clean out the guttering to ensure an escape route for excess rainwater.
Prompt repairs – It is imperative that you deal with repairs as soon as is practically possible, as erosion and the weather will make the situation worse. A dripping faucet can damage ceramics if not fixed quickly, while a leaking pipe can damage plaster and brickwork. When you discover an issue, have it fixed ASAP. Click here for the ultimate guide to bathroom vanities.
Choosing contractors to carry out maintenance – It makes total sense to use a local contractor; start with a Google search to locate contractors that service your area and browse websites, looking at any online customer reviews. You should choose a contractor who has been in business for at least a couple of years, as this ensures stability.
Drains maintenance – The last thing you want is a blocked drain and by having the drains power flushed every 6 months, this dramatically reduces the risk of a blockage. For the small amount is costs, having your drains flushed keeps the flow moving and this is recommended when you move into an older property. In the event you suffer a blocked drain, resist the urge to fix it yourself, as this usually makes things worse.
Your home is probably going to be the biggest single investment you will ever make, therefore it makes perfect sense to take good care of the property. You are probably interested in home improvements and if you have DIY skills, you can save money by carrying out the work yourself.