Property Management

A quick Start to Being Proactive in-House Maintenance

Moving into a new house is an exhausting, time consuming and stressful delight that always seems to grow exponentially, despite the best will in the world. This can be especially true if you’re moving in a part exchange deal. The last thing you need is to move into a new house and then find that a few months later that there is a list of things that need attention that could have been avoided.

With that in mind, the following are some brief ideas on how to keep on top of things when time and money are tight. On moving in while you’ll have had a good look around your new house and will ask about the big things like heating and hot water, wiring problems and past work; the chances are that the little things will have been neglected slightly.

 Firstly, check the fuses on any appliances that are built into the property, or that you’ve brought with you. They’re cheap to get hold of and are easy to replace on modern fittings (remember to use a slightly higher rating than the appliance needs) and plugs. This is an easy way to ensure that everything you need to work without fuss is protected, warding off the hassle of replacing items when it’s inconvenient.

House Maintenance

Secondly, get a good look at the insulation options in the house. While most new builds or relatively new houses will have good insulation around the windows and doors and in the loft, it’s always worth checking. In particular, get a good look at the insulation in the top of the house and make sure it’s up to scratch.

You may not have time to fix it yourself, but having it sorted makes a significant difference to bills. Similarly, good curtains on big doors and windows and loft insulation in space under the bath can make a difference to your insulation’s effectiveness too.

A few further things to check would be how to turn the water off; the energy efficiency ratings on any appliances left behind and light-bulbs and the state of any patio; decking; steps or pathways around your house. While there shouldn’t be anything wrong with these, it doesn’t hurt to be careful to avoid early maintenance issues.

 Further down the line, unfortunately, accidents can always happen and unforeseen problems are going to crop up but it’s easier to take care of business than you might think. There are several home DIY manuals that help with small building projects and repairs, and while expensive, good tools and instructions on how to use them can pay for themselves in saved repair costs.

Everything from dealing with damp or mound to re-plastering and basic plumbing can be taken care of without calling in expert help. Provided you have the instructions and are careful, keeping on top of potential problems is not as daunting as it may seem.

This practice also has the added benefit of allowing you to make really personal additions to your home. However, it is also important to know when trying to fix things on your own will only make things worse. If the worst does happen, get professional help as soon as you can.

This should enable you to focus your skills and put them to good use while ensuring a top quality job is done on anything you are not quite so sure about. For more information on quick and easy part exchange homes, visit Calla Homes part exchange homes.

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