If, like me, you are a homeowner, you need to ensure that you are taking proper care of your home. If you don’t take the steps to keep on top of any work that your house may need, it could lead to repairs that are expensive.
Many homeowners have no idea how to check for potential problems before they become major headaches. However, every property owner should know what to look for, to prevent themselves from having to pay out for expensive repairs.
Most issues with properties can be cheap and easy to correct if caught early. That’s why it’s crucial that you know what areas of your home to check on a regular basis. To help you do that, here are my top tips for all the things that you should be checking:
Check your roof
As winter is on the way, it’s crucial that you check your roof in the next couple of weeks. So that if there are any issues, such as broken or cracked tiles, you can get them fixed.
If you fail to check your roof for problems, a cracked tile could lead to water leaking through the roof, rotting the ceiling. This can be expensive to get fixed, so it’s crucial that you check your roof for any damage, at least twice a year.
Head to the attic with a torch and check the inside of the roof. Things to look out for include signs of water damage or leaking, dark areas, and any outside light that is coming through the roof.
Once you have checked the attic, get a ladder and climb onto the roof. Look for any tiles that are broken or missing, as well as any areas that have a lot of algae growth.
If you notice any of the problems mentioned above, it’s best to get a specialist out to check your roof for you. With this kind of thing, the sooner you get it repaired, the cheaper it tends to be.
Have your boiler serviced
If your boil is older than three years old, it’s a good idea to get it serviced once a year. Fixing a broken boiler is much more affordable than having to replace the whole thing – this can be incredibly expensive.
To ensure that any problems with your boiler are caught while still fixable, have it checked once a year. This will mean that any small issues can be dealt with before they become bigger and more expensive.
Watch out for foundation issues
The foundation of your property is important, if this becomes damaged it can lead to expensive repairs. That’s why it’s best to keep an eye out for any signs that there might be a problem so that any issues are caught early.
Inside your home, look out for flooring that is uneven, cracks in the walls, or walls that bow. As well as doors and windows that have become stiff and won’t open properly. Outside of your home, watch out for cracked walls or bricks, and walls that are separating from the rest of the property.
If you notice any of these things, contact a foundation repair specialist and get your home checked. It’s much easier and less expensive to fix these problems when they are caught early.
Taking care of your home is important if you want to prevent expensive repairs. It can sometimes be hard to know where to start with checking your property. However, by following the tips above, you can check the most important areas.