Monday, 1 June 2015

Advice For First Time Homeowners: Repairs and Maintenance

Buying your first home is an exciting experience. If you’ve just settled into your new home, congratulations! I can imagine you’re excited about decoration and making your house a home. The decoration is usually the fun part of owning a home. But, there is also repairs and maintenance. Here a few of the issues you might come across, I hope it helps you!

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● Gas
A gas leak in your home can be deadly. If you breathe in any gas, it can poison you. You want to make sure that anything connected to the gas is regularly checked and safe for you and your family. To protect yourself from gas leaks, you can install gas detectors around your home. This way it’s much easier to spot if anything is unusual. Once you’ve lived somewhere for a while, it’s a good practice to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks. Gas leaks can cause severe problems, so don’t skimp on repairs and maintenance.

●● Water Heaters
Most people won't even think about their water heater till something goes wrong! It buzzes away in the background so you can have a relaxing hot bath at the end of the day. Sometimes, you might find that suddenly you’re awakened by cold water. If you have a gas heater, you might just need to reset the pilot light. If you have an electric heater, you might need to trip the circuit. If this doesn't work, you will need to contact a water heater repair company. You should also speak to a repair company if you notice anything unusual such as leaking. Make an effort to check everything looks okay every few months.

●●● Roofing
There’s nothing worse than waiting out a storm and noticing your ceiling is dripping. If you live somewhere where you get bad weather, when the weather's good do some roof maintenance. You can buy specialist paints that can extend the life of your roof by years. They will help to stop water from building up and protect the roof better from the elements. You’ll also need to get up there every now and again and give it a good clean! Brush away any rubbish and pull up weeds. If the leaves are falling, you’ll want to make sure it stays as clear as possible. If you leave plant life on your roof for too long, it can turn into mulch. Mulch will help to grow plants and don’t want a forest growing on your roof either.

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For any home repairs or maintenance, there are plenty of professionals out there willing to help. Always do your research and make sure you pick someone qualified for the job. You don’t want an inexperienced person to do any big maintenance projects as it could end up being costly. I like to know a little bit about the problem before the repair person gets here too. I might not understand the issue completely, but at least I can explain what the problem is in more detail.

Do you have any tips for first-time homeowners? Please share!

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