10 Tips for Maintaining Your New Home
Maintaining a home is no easy task! It gets more difficult with time and when you’ve finally moved into your new home, a constant concern keeps spinning in our heads on how to keep it squeaky clean and shiny all year long. Maintaining is not only about cleanliness and good looks, but also about hygiene and keeping all the functionalities regularly checked. Here is a list of 10 tips on maintaining your new home –
1.Regularly check basic utilities
Electricity, water and gas – these are the basic utilities which are needed every minute. Set a routine and regularly check all the entry and usage points inside your home. If needed, consult with professionals because if any one of these utilities are down, it becomes extremely difficult to stay in home.
2.Don’t panic and overdo things
There is no need to wrap up things in plastic and keep things sealed and unused just because they’ll get dirty and lose their initial shine. All the stuff in your home is meant to be used by the family members and do not hesitate to use them. Wear and tear is likely to happen with time, but with a bit of regular care they can look very clean and good enough, if not like brand new.
3.Maintain Heating and Cooling Systems
The temperature of your home is one of the most important aspects that needs to be ensured for healthy living. Annual inspection and check-up by professionals is a must thing to do. The best time is usually between the seasons as the temperature remains within our comfort zone.
4.Clean hard to reach and overlooked places
The refrigerator coiling, rooftop gutter, exhaust duct of clothes dryer, closet corners, loft and attic, floor below rugs and many other spaces are there where we seldom visit or clean. These spaces need to be cleaned at least once every six months. Vacuum cleaners are very effective in doing so.
5.Make a maintenance check list and follow it
We cannot always remember things and that’s why keeping a list of to do’s for maintenance will come in handy. You can divide the list into annual, biennial, quarterly, weekly and daily parts to have a more thorough understanding and follow up. This will also help to prepare for a coming maintenance date.
6.Keep sufficient supplies and tools
Sometimes little maintenance tasks that are relatively easy, can be done by yourself. That’s why it’s best to keep a toolbox where all the basic tools like screw driver, wrench, hammer, nails, knives, hacksaw, sand paper and many other kinds of necessary tools should be kept. Another important thing is to always keep sufficient supplies. Most of the times, natural calamities come without warning, and even if they do, the prices of things increase. That’s why sufficient supply of all survival materials should be kept. Candle lights, matches, life jacket, life buoy, parachute, duct tape, dry food, gloves, helmet, inflatable boat, cartons, trash bags and many other types of supplies should be kept in plenty.
7.Create a suitable environment for children
There are two aspects to this, keeping the child safe is first priority and also creating an environment where the child will not be able to cause much damage to the home needs to be done. Keeping risky things out of their reach, blocking off open electricity ports, keeping water sources in safe measures, painting the walls with washable colours, having rules for eating and other regular tasks, and teaching them – are all ways that will ensure a mutually healthy environment for the child and the home.
8.If you have pets, keep it in mind also
Cats tend to scratch furniture and dogs tend to make a mess out of household items, especially pillows and sofa cushions. Try to arrange the items in a better way to make it easier for the pet as well as the house. Have a specific spot for their pooping, sleeping and playing. A planned design will go a long way to keep the home clean from pet caused massacres.
9.Check and double check security
There is no compromise with security. That’s why have your security measures checked and double-checked so that no mistake can occur. Every home has its own security systems. If you have a CC camera, look at its functionality and often check all the locks of the doors. Inspect around for any problems in windowsills, edges and entryways.
10.Provide entry way cleaning options
On a rainy day or any basic dirt carried from outside will enter your home, that’s why keep a mat for cleaning shoes before stepping inside home. Providing cleaning options in the door entries will keep off a lot of dirt and grime from entering your home.
These were some of the basic ways to maintain your new home, which can also be applied for the old ones in the same way. There are many other points to keep in consideration as well. Simply said, enjoy the comfort of your new home and just be aware of these factors and hopefully it will remain safe and in good shape for a long time.