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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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Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

Save Money In Your Home During The Holidays For A Comfortable New Year

The holidays are here, and nobody will tell you that it’s a cheap or affordable time. Many find themselves having plenty of fun over the festive season, but then feel out-of-pocket during the new year, which can be challenging; especially when the decorations have come down. You’ve probably bought a lot of your gifts by now, and your Christmas tree will already be twinkling and ensuring that your home looks as festive as possible. However, it’s never too late to, or too early, to save money, and your home is the perfect place to begin.

 

Your household is likely to be at its most cluttered during the Christmas period; this can lead to you feeling a little overwhelmed, and it might be difficult to know where to start regarding saving cash. But, once you start on your thrifty journey; no amount of tinsel or lights will be able to deter you from pulling back the spending in the other areas of your home. There are various areas and expenses that you can improve, update, and consider changing; you just need to know where to look. Putting effort into your home space now will also ensure that you have a comfortable, cozy new year ahead, knowing that you’ve saved money and can continue to do so. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for those who want festive fun this Christmas, but want to save where they can to create the perfect, affordable abode.

 

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Home Maintenance

 

It’s the smooth running of a household that can often cause financial strife when things go awry. Therefore, it’s vital to keep on top of your home maintenance and ensure that you have reputable and relevant contact details should any issues arise. Take a little of your free time to write a list of the various elements of your home, from your energy bills to your guttering, and put any that might be concerning you at the top. If you’ve been putting off sorting out a job or task regarding some DIY or hiring a service to assist you; find the businesses that can help you online and get in touch.

 

You’ll be unlikely to get an appointment or be able to book a job until the new year, but knowing that they can come during the new year will be a weight off your mind, and their rates will be far lower due to it often being a quiet period for many companies. When it comes to your DIY projects; write another list; this time full of things like plaster, paint, and wallpaper that you intend to utilize in the new year. You’ll be able to pick up some bargains during the January sales, and your home renovations could end up being a fraction of what you would have spent during the summer.

 

Next should be the major things in your home, like your plumbing, gas, and electrics; if any of these fail you over the holidays, it can become a miserable and expensive time trying to get someone out to help. Therefore, it’s worth looking into affordable plumbing services or an electrician who will be on call whatever time of year or day it is. Having these service’s contact details to hand will give you peace of mind, and you’ll save cash if a pipe bursts on Christmas Eve, or if the lights go out during New Year’s Day. If you’re worrying that certain things are likely to fail you over the hectic period ahead; call someone out now to check over your systems; you could prevent issues worsening, and you’ll save the cash it would cost to fix things further down the line.

 

Bills And Admin

 

With so many people distracted by all the festivities at this time of year; now is a great time to look into your utility, insurance, and energy bills. Companies will be competing to gain your custom, so take advantage of any special rates, and utilize some time to switch your providers so that you head into 2018 already making savings that will benefit you for the rest of the year. Sorting out and organizing any loose ends regarding your admin can also save money in the long run; you might spot that your interest rate and bank account could be improved, or perhaps January will be the time to ask for a pay rise at work.

 

Making smart choices around your home and preparing for the worst will ensure that you don’t end up overspending in any eventuality, and you’ll have a relaxed and fun holiday season. Enjoy!

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