Avoid major tasks with maintenance
ABASIC tool kit is essential for carrying out maintenance around your home. Having the tools to hand means you can deal with emergencies or even routine maintenance tasks as they arise.
You can buy the tools in this basic tool kit (below) for around $200-$250 but you can spend a lot more if you choose more expensive options.
Some tools are essential, some are nice to have.
1 x screw driver set (slotted, phillips and square drive).
1 x 200mm (8 inch) and 1 x 100mm (4 inch) adjustable wretch. 1 x claw hammer. 1 x craft knife (with spare blades). Pliers. Torch with spare batteries. Duct tape. Electrical insulation tape. Rope or ratchet tie-down. Hard wearing gloves, dust masks, goggles and ear muffs. Assortment of nails and screws. Garden hose. 1 can 3-in-1 oil or aerosol oil spray. Black marker pen. 5-, 10-and 15-amp fuse wire. 1 x socket set. Nips. Multigrips. Ladder (3 step). Tarpaulin. Cordless drill and driver bits/drill bits. First aid kit (in case it all goes wrong). Fire extinguisher (in case it all goes really wrong).
9-volt batteries for smoke detectors. List of emergency phone numbers. Picture showing where valves are (for turning off water and gas), and electrical mains and hot water cylinder switches.
Keep a file of the materials used in your home. This will help you to use compatible products, such the right type of paint. It will also help you to claim under the guarantee if a product fails and help future owners of the house.
You may also find it useful to keep a contact list of tradespeople handy.
It’s best to plan a regular maintenance schedule.
Regular preventive maintenance such as roof and wall cleaning.
Carry out repairs as they are needed. This prevents small problems from turning into big ones. For example, a leaky roof could destroy your ceiling if left unfixed.
Plan ahead for major maintenance tasks such as repainting your home or re-roofing so you have the money and time available when the work is needed. Be prepared for emergencies. For example, know where and how your water, gas and power supplies turn off so you dont have to go searching when an emergency arises. Refer to the back of the yellow pages phone book or the civil defence website for information on civil defence emergency preparation.
Everything that keeps your home habitable and structurally sound needs to be maintained – from foundations to roofing and cladding, to plumbing and electricity supply, to interior wall linings.