Money saving maintenance tips
YOU have done it; you have made the big investment for you and your family. A home, a place of shelter for years to come.
In order to keep one’s home in the best possible condition over a sustained period, one must be aware of the importance of consistent maintenance; neglecting to do this can lead to costly consequences.
However, in order to keep your home in the best possible condition over a sustained period, you must be aware of the importance of consistent maintenance; neglecting to do this can lead to costly consequences.
This is according to Steven Barker, Head of Home Loans at Standard Bank, who says we need to look for potential issues around the house that, if not taken care of properly, can cost us much more in the long run.
He says home maintenance should be a regular commitment as anything can happen: roofs leak, drains get blocked, or walls crack.
“Neglecting to maintain a home can lead to minor problems that can subsequently result in larger more expensive problems.”
Barker shares the following tips for home maintenance: l Hose down gutters monthly to prevent them becoming blocked and rusted. If they are blocked, the water may seep into the roof causing damage to the ceilings. l Regularly check and maintain your ceiling boards as ceilings are costly to replace. If your roof springs a leak, it will eventually seep through to the ceiling boards, making them water-logged and heavy.
This could cause damage to expensive furniture and the insurance company may refuse your claim if they classify the damage as negligence. l Consider replacing old washers with new ones on leaking taps. l Make sure your electrical wiring is in order; it’s essential for your safety. l Plaster up cracks. l Unblock your drains. l Oil any wooden window frames. Barker says most of these jobs can be handled personally, however, if you would prefer professional help it is worth doing your homework on the following: l Do price comparisons on quotes, but don’t just take the cheapest one. l It is important to ask for references. Word of mouth references from friends or family should also be considered.
“It is important that you keep your property in a good condition by checking it regularly and repairing it when needed.
“However, despite your best efforts, things can still go wrong because accidents do happen, so it is important to have home insurance for when these instances occur.”
He says being insured will allow you to have peace of mind.
Regular property maintenance can save time and money.