Just like a regular health check-up, a home maintenance schedule is important for every home’s upkeep. Consistently checking on the exterior and appliances as well as gas and electrical systems are crucial to keeping your home looking its best and preventing costly repairs.
The start of a new season is a great time to tackle some of those big home maintenance projects. And autumn, with its mild but sunny weather, presents the perfect opportunity before colder winter temperatures and shorter days arrive.
Here are some key areas to consider:
Service your heater. Your home’s heating system should be serviced regularly by a professional to ensure it’s in safe, working order. Avoid the last-minute rush before winter and schedule an appointment today.
Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. At the end of daylight savings, replace batteries as needed whilst changing your clocks.
Clear gutters and drains. Clogged gutters can lead to overflowing pipes, causing damage to exterior surfaces and allowing water to seep inside your home. Clean out before heavy winter rains arrive.
Seal cracks and gaps. Filling holes will prevent both critters and chilly drafts from entering your home.
Garden maintenance. Dead trees and branches can be hazardous in strong winds, particularly if they’re within close proximity of your home. Cut down in preparation for winter storms.
Deep clean the kitchen. For most, colder temperatures usually means more home cooking. Prepare your kitchen by cleaning the oven, de-greasing your rangehood and washing splashbacks and bins. This is also a great time to clean smaller appliances. Eg: emptying the tray of your toaster and de-scaling the kettle.
Clean dryer vents. Lint build-up can make your clothes dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire.
Repaint. Mild autumn conditions are ideal for painting. A fresh coat will not only give your home a clean look, but outdoor paintwork will also help protect the walls from damage.
Flush your hot water system. You should periodically flush your hot water system to remove any built-up sediment and keep it running at maximum efficiency. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction manual or consult a professional.