From time to time, life gets busy. You may be juggling a full-time career, school drop off, extracurricular activities, and something that resembles an active social life. Or you could be even busier!
We understand that home maintenance is often the last thing you want to think about. For this reason, we’ve put together this handy checklist of home maintenance checks to get your home up to speed (and safe) today!
1. Smoke detector batteries
Working smoke detectors reduce the risk of fire in your home – and keep your family safe. To ensure they’re working correctly, get yourself a long-handled broom or mop and reach up to press the button on the detector.
You should aim to check the batteries and change them at least once a year – this can also be applied to security alarms if your home has them fitted.
2. Inspect electrical cords for wear and tear
Spend a few minutes doing a quick check of any visible (and hidden) electrical cords. Are they fraying. Could they cause damage to younger family members?
3. Clean out gutters
At the end of winter, it’s important to clean out the gutters on your home’s roof. They have likely accumulated a range of leaves and branches that could lead to drainage issues if they’re not taken care or regularly.
4. Test heating and air conditioning systems
If you like to stay cool in summer and warm in winter, it’s a good idea to get your heating and air conditioning systems checked by a professional. They will be able to identify any blockages in your system and give the filters a thorough clean. Staying on top of this will also ensure that your systems are running at full capacity therefore reducing your energy expenditure and the cost of your bills!
5. Check for loose door knobs, locks, drawers.
Arm yourself with a screwdriver and work your way around the home tightening any door knobs, locks or drawers that have become loose from general wear and tear. We can guarantee that you won’t regret doing this when everything is in working shape again!
6. Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces
If you have any guest bathrooms or plumbing systems that you do not use regularly, it’s strongly suggested that you run a bit of water through them in order to prevent grime build up. It’s also a handy way to check that everything is in working order, so you’re never caught off guard.