Monday, October 30, 2023

Essential Home Repairs That Will Save You Money

It's that time of year when the weather is on the change, and something about the approaching spring season prompts us to take a fresh look at our homes, and start getting them in good order for the coming year. A round of post-winter home improvements could well be in order - and as your home is the single biggest investment you have, it pays to take care of it. Small problems which can be easily addressed as part of a routine home maintenance programme can turn toxic is left unattended, developing into bigger problems that become a costly nightmare to fix. And in fact, the right home repairs can even knock money off your home insurance premium. So, what should you be doing to your home to keep it in great shape?

Check On Your Roof
Winter weather conditions can be harsh on a building’s structure, so it's a good idea to have a thorough check of your roof before the spring shower season starts. It's common for there to be broken tiles or shingles that need repairing and that may lead to leaks if not taken care of. It's a relatively minor and inexpensive job to repair missing slates - a reputable roofing company can do this quickly and safely if you don’t have access to high ladders. If you have an older property, an inspection will also give you warning about the lifespan of your existing roof and when it may be time to think about replacing it. If you live in an area prone to extreme weather like hail and storms, impact-resistant roofing can be a smart option that some insurance companies provide a discount on their premiums for.

Clean Out Your HVAC
Your home heating system will have seen a lot of action over the winter months, while summer is approaching which means using the air conditioning. The more temperate conditions in between are a chance to thoroughly clean out and maintain your system, cleaning our vents of dust and debris, and booking a service of your air conditioning or even an ac replacement if necessary. This gives proper ventilation to your home which can reduce damp formation and also make your heating and cooling more efficient, meaning you’ll use less and save money.

Repair Your Deck
Decks tend to come into much more use as spring develops, so now is the time to give it a power wash and check for the condition of any boards that have become loose or rotten and may need to be replaced in time for summer parties and barbecues. While you're at it, inspect the pathways around your house and garden for loose or chipped slabs which could create a falling hazard. Repairs aren't as expensive as you may think. And better to repair them than to face medical bills if someone trips and injures themselves.

Up Your Home Security
It's a great time to review how secure your home is as well. An annual check of the batteries in your smoke detectors is a great idea while you're taking care of maintenance. Adding an intruder alarm system, deadbolts, a sprinkler system or home CCTV can also knock the cost of your home insurance down as well as keeping your family safe, so they are great investments to make. While we hope for the best, unforeseen scenarios like malfunctioning locks or broken keys can occur. The indispensable lockpick tools become a skillset to rely on, offering a practical and immediate solution in times of unexpected home security challenges.

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