Property Maintenance plays a key role in keeping your home in good condition and creating a habitable living environment. Many jobs around the home can be resolved by a competent DIY’er, but others require specialist skills and accreditations to comply with health & safety laws. With more than 20 years experience in the property maintenance sector, we’ve seen all kinds of DIY disasters that can often lead to costly repairs later down the line. We’ve compiled a list of 5 top tips to help you stay on top of your home maintenance.
Invest Time & Money
The key to property maintenance is investing sufficient time and money to resolve any problems that arise. Inspect your home regularly and make a list of any problems or defects you notice so that you can rectify them at the next opportunity. Keeping your home in good condition will not only help you avoid costly repair bills, but will also add value to your property.
- Repair or replace items as soon as possible to avoid further issues or damage.
- Keep an emergency fund to cover any urgent repairs such as water leaks or electrical faults.
- Older properties generally require maintenance more frequently than modern houses.
- Updating your property with modern appliances can improve energy efficiency and add value to your home.
We’ve all heard the saying “A stitch in time saves nine” and the same applies to property maintenance. Don’t be tempted to leave a problem to fester to save money, because chances are it will deteriorate over time and potentially cost more to fix at a later date. If you are dealing with multiple issues that require maintenance, it may be worth making a list so you can prioritise the more urgent jobs; for example, a creaky floorboard will not cause as much damage as a burst pipe in the attic!
As with any product or service, it pays to shop around. Speak to some reputable tradespeople and get a few quotes for comparison. It may be worth asking for references or reading online reviews, as the cheapest quote may not offer the most cost-effective solution in the long run.
- If you have a number of maintenance issues, get a quote for everything to done by the same tradesman/company to reduce the overall cost.
- Most companies now offer free, no-obligation quotes, so don’t feel pressured into handing over any money until you are happy with the agreed work.
- Once you’ve found a good tradesman or company, stick with them! You may even be offered a discount if you’re a regular customer.
- Build up a few contacts so you have options if your regular person can’t handle the job.
Some of the appliances around your home may require frequent, or annual inspections to ensure peak performance, maximum efficiency and most importantly keep them safe. As with all maintenance, it’s much cheaper to catch a problem early than to wait until it deteriorates further or becomes hazardous.
- Boilers are expensive to repair and even more expensive to replace, so it’s worth booking an annual service with a Gas Safe Registered heating engineer.
- Most ovens now come with a 3-5 year warranty, but it’s worth cleaning them thoroughly at least once a year to prevent a build-up of grease that could pose a fire hazard. You may also consider replacing the oven door seal every 2-3 years for maximum efficiency.
- Fireplaces and chimneys can become blocked with soot and creosote, a flammable by-product of burning wood that can build up over time, so we recommend having the whole system cleaned annually from top to bottom by a professional chimney sweep.
Know when to Upgrade
One of the most difficulties with property maintenance is knowing when to clean, repair or replace. It can be all too easy to plough money into fixing items when it may be more cost-effective to replace them with newer, more efficient, more durable equivalents. For example, wooden framed windows & doors require constant upkeep, including annual weatherproofing to protect them from the elements. Consider replacing them with a modern ‘wood effect’ UPVC equivalent that will not only look great but require far less maintenance.
CPM (Complete Project Management) provide bespoke property maintenance services for residential and commercial properties in Exeter, Mid & East Devon and parts of Somerset. We offer a wide range of services including painting & decorating, roof & guttering repairs, plastering, rendering, plumbing, electrics, cosmetic repairs, patio & decking repairs and installation and many other general building services. Our dedicated team of industry approved specialists are trained in all areas of property maintenance and all our work is completed to the highest standard. Call us on 01392 925045 or contact us online for more information about our bespoke maintenance packages.