Protecting Your Nest: Tips To Prevent Common Household Problems

Thursday, July 14, 2022

As a homeowner, it’s natural to want to protect your nest. When you buy a house or an apartment, you assume responsibilities. Sometimes, it can feel like being a homeowner involves working through an endless to-do list but being proactive can save you time, effort and money and keep your home in check. If you’re keen to prevent common household problems, here are some top tips and tricks.

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Keep up to date with routine maintenance

Routine maintenance jobs may not be glamorous or fun, but they can make a hugely positive difference. If you keep up to date with routine jobs and you’re on track in terms of checks and tests, you can reduce the risk of faults and problems, prolong the lifespan of appliances, systems and devices and protect the structure of the building. It’s a good idea to write a list of chores to do around the house and garden every season and to set reminders for heating systems and electrical checks. Simple jobs like clearing leaves and debris in the garden, arranging boiler services and sealing door and window frames can help you to save time, lower household costs and protect your property.

Call in the professionals

Many of us don’t have time to cross off every task on our to-do list, and there are often jobs that aren’t suitable for amateurs. If you have a busy schedule, or you need to tackle projects that carry a risk of danger or require expertise and training, call in the professionals. Look for gutter cleaning services, reputable roofing firms, pest control services, plumbers and electricians to carry out jobs, such as repairs, professional cleaning, pest removal or the installation of new systems, fittings or devices. Hiring professional help will enable you to protect your house and eliminate safety worries. If you are thinking about enlisting the services of a company, take the time to research different businesses, read reviews and testimonials and compare quotes.

Address warning signs

Many common household issues, including leaks, roof damage, damp and pest infestations, get worse with time. The best way to minimize damage and save money is to address early warning signs. If you spot red flags, such as loose roof tiles, clogged gutters, excess moisture, damp patches on the walls or ceilings, mold or droppings, or you hear unusual scrabbling noises coming from the attic or basement, it’s wise to seek expert advice. Tending to minor issues lowers the risk of the situation developing. It can also save you money. If you wait, you may find that the problem gets worse, which increases the risk of further damage to your property and increases repair costs.

Strengthen your defenses

Strengthening your defenses is an effective way to lower the risk of burglaries and pest problems. You can keep pests at bay by keeping doors and windows closed, sealing trash bags, disposing of food and cleaning surfaces and floors. Plug gaps and holes in walls and doorways to cut off access points, clean and tidy your home frequently, clear your gutters and vacuum floors regularly.

To prevent burglaries, consider investing in home security systems. There is a vast range of products available from simple, inexpensive alarms to smart systems with cameras and 24-hour monitoring features. With smart technology, you can watch and control cameras from your phone or tablet no matter where you are. It’s also beneficial to keep windows and doors locked, keep valuables out of sight and avoid sharing information that will alert others if you’re not at home. If you’re taking a vacation, for example, make sure your profile is set to private before you check-in to different cities, states or countries or share photos of your family at an exotic beach or a famous landmark. Cameras, gates, fences, alarms and outdoor lighting can all act as effective deterrents. If you are going away, it’s also a good idea to leave a car parked in the driveway and ask the neighbors to collect your mail and keep an eye on the house for you.

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Our homes are our most valuable investments, and for many of us, they are special places that make us feel happy, relaxed and secure. When you buy a house, you take on responsibilities. It can be difficult to find the time to get to the bottom of the to-do list, but there are ways to protect your nest and prevent common household issues. Keep up to date with routine maintenance, seek professional help for jobs you can’t do, address early warning signs and turn your home into a pest and burglar-proof fortress.

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