30 Jun WHY HOME MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT
Your home can be compared to a car. If you don’t maintain it, it will break down. We all know this for a fact but we sometimes ignore the small problems in our homes because of our busy routines. However, the small problems can BECOME our future headache.
So what are the benefits of maintaining your home?
- A Safer and More Comfortable home. This should be our top priority for the sake of everyone living in your home. According to Fire and Rescue NSW, “Statistics reveal that almost half of all home fires are started in the kitchen and 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter. The key to reducing the risk of fire occurring in your home and to surviving a house fire is being prepared. Everyone in your household should understand what risks there are in your home and what to do to minimise them.”
- Fewer repairs, less expenses. It is generally cheaper to fix small problems in your home before they become bigger issues. When you do regular maintenance of your home, you may discover small problems which you can probably repair on your own. There are many DIY fixes on the internet that can help you solve such issues. If you wait for the problem to get bigger, then the DIY fixes are often no longer an option. That means, time to call the repairman … or worse … OVERHAUL.
How often should you maintain your home?
First of all, you should have a checklist of things that require maintenance. This will help you decide which ones should be done monthly, quarterly, or yearly. As an example, the refrigerator should be kept clean on a weekly basis. A good rule of the thumb is to have your house inspected for pests every 12 -18 months and inspected for integrity with items like wiring every 5 years.