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Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off

Home Maintenance You Should Never Put Off

Home maintenance and repairs can be time-consuming, expensive, and boring, so it’s easy to decide some problems can be safely ignored until you feel like getting round to sorting them out. Unfortunately, by putting off these repairs, the problems can get worse, making them more difficult and expensive to put right. Here are the home maintenance tasks that you should never put off. 

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Concrete Cracks

A small crack in any kind of concrete can very quickly turn into a large crack, which can lead to a potentially dangerous problem, especially in the Winter. If water gets into a crack like this, it can freeze and expand, widening the crack and compromising the structural integrity of the whole section of concrete. You can repairs cracks with a quick-setting filler or a mortar mix in order to prolong the life of the steps, walkways, and patios, and to stop a small gap landing you with a big repair bill. 

Clogged Gutters

Never neglect your guttering. If it isn’t properly maintained, this vital drainage can cause a lot of trouble during the winter, leading to damage from water or ice. If you notice your gutters or downspouts are full of leaves or aren’t draining as they should, give them a good clean. While you’re cleaning, check for any gutter repair that you need. Is the guttering firmly fixed to the house? Do the downspouts drain away from the foundation? These steps might take up your afternoon, a few hours of work is worth it if it prevents you from having to make expensive repairs later on. 

Loose Railings

Loose or wobbly railings along your decking, porch, or steps are a sign that there is a weak connection somewhere between one or more of the posts and the frame. This is easy to fix. All you need to do is tighten up the screws or lag bolts in any place that doesn’t feel sturdy. Don’t ignore a wobbly railing. Eventually, the loose rail will give way, leaving you with a broken section of railing, which can be dangerous. It will also be a lot more expensive and time-consuming to repair than just tightening the connections. 

Water Warnings

If you notice a water spot on your ceiling, don’t ignore it. While it’s clear that you might have a leak somewhere, the cause is not always easy to spot. You might be dealing with a much bigger problem than a loose roof tile or a build-up of condensation. It’s a good idea to bring in a roofing contractor as soon as you spot a potential problem so you can get a clear idea of what is going on, instead of ignoring it or trying to find the root of the issues yourself. 

Driveway Damage

Asphalt is porous, so it’s very important to seal your driveway as soon as you see signs of wear. This prevents damage from rain, snow, ice, sunlight, or drips of oil. If waters get into the asphalt and freezes, it will cause more and wider cracks in the surface. This seepage can also saturate the soil underneath, causing it to shift over time and damage the driveway. 

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Always Invest In These 4 Areas When Renovating Your Home

Always Invest In These 4 Areas When Renovating Your Home

When it comes to renovating your home, cost will always be an issue. After all, unless you are working with an unlimited budget, you will always have to be careful that the amount you spend doesn’t get out of hand. However, it is crucial to remember that things that are cheap now aren’t always the best option in the long run. In fact, there are also things you should always invest in, no matter how small your budget. Read on to find out more. 

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Roof 

It makes sense to invest in a good roof when renovating your home. After all, it needs to be as sturdy as possible, so it is not a safety risk for those living inside the property. 

Additionally, poorly installed roofs often leak, and this can be a real nightmare for any homeowner. The reason being that when water comes in, it can easily damage your possessions, as well as the structure and decoration of the home. Something that will cost you a fortune to repair.

To that end, ensuring your roof is secure, watertight, and installed by quality contractors is something you always need to invest in when renovating a home. 

Floors 

Next, when it comes to renovating, flooring isn’t something that you should ever try and cut corners on to save money. Yes, it can be tempting as a cheap lino option can seem a smart way to save a few bucks. However, what you need to remember is the floor is the part of the room that will get more use and wear than any other. 

What that means is it’s well worth your money and time to install a more heavy-duty solution. The good news here is that you can now get residential epoxy flooring in some pretty luxe finishes. Something that will allow you to achieve an opulent, but incredibly hard-wearing look that should last for years. 

Windows 

Windows are nearly always expensive, and it’s not just the frames you have to pay for, but the glass and fitting as well. However, scrimping on the cost of the windows for your home renovation can be disastrous. The reason being that poorly fitting or performing windows will let out too much heat. Therefore you will have to spend more money on heating and cooling your home daily to ensure that it is livable. 

Of course, this isn’t just bad for you pocket long term, but terrible for the environment as well. Something that means investing in the best quality and fitting for your windows in the first place will save you money and energy in the long run.

Worktops 

Finally, if you are renovating a kitchen or bathroom, or even a utility room, you will likely want to install worktops. You will, of course, find some super cheap MDF options, that are coated with plastic that seem like a great idea. 

Sadly, they rarely last over the long term and can be hard to maintain and keep clean as well. Something that means worktops made from stone or solid wood are often a much smarter investment choice for your renovation. 

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Beat Summertime Blues

Beat Summertime Blues


The summer is usually a time to shed the winter funk. The sun shines brighter. The weather is warmer. Birds are always singing a song. But for some, those feelings of depression are hard to shake, no matter how beautiful the day is.

Here’s some ideas on how to quash those summertime blues.

It’s okay to take a break


Summer is the most widely acceptable time to take a vacation. Vacations can be expensive, stressful and above all give you the need to have a vacation after your vacation. Plan accordingly. Give yourself a day of rest after you get back.

If you don’t have the funds to go away, plan a few days of a staycation. Sure, use a few days to get things done on your to-do list, but remember to have time to rest as well as have fun.

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is a great way to release the everyday stress and low thoughts going on. Write down what’s bothering you. But here’s a twist, finish your thoughts with positive goals. List options of how to fix the situation or write out positive quotes to balance your mindset.

Plan for the future

We all have dreams and goals. Planning for the future allows you to look past the hopelessness of a bad moment. Write out a five-year plan. After that, write down a one-year plan. This will help give you realistic steps on how to accomplish your dream-worthy goals. This might take a couple hours, days or weeks, but write down things that you look forward to achieving.

You’re not alone

Summer can bring on emotions of feeling alone. Friends are on vacation. Perhaps, you and your partner have parted ways for the summer. Use this time to focus on yourself. Get healthy. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

Take an exercise class. Start walking. Being active releases positive brain chemicals to fight off depression.

Next, find someone to talk to. There’s plenty of great ways to approach this. Ask your doctor to refer a therapist. Or, talk to a therapist or counselor online. Sometimes, we as humans get lonely. But know this, you are not alone.  There are many outlets to remind us of that if we just take a second to look beyond ourselves.

Find your joy

You can make this task easy or difficult. Think back to when you were a child. Simple things made you happy. Yes, some we’re material things. However, there were plenty of things that put a smile on your face without costing a thing. I’m not saying live in the past. Move forward with child-like eyes. Enjoy the simple things in life. Enjoy that sunset. Enjoy taking off your shoes and walking in the grass. Enjoy sitting by the city fountain on a hot day and feeling the cool spray of the water.

Your best days are ahead of you. Just remember to rest, get healthy, find your peace and learn what makes you happy.

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