Which of these common Home Maintenance mistakes will you make?

February 28, 2020
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Buying or renting a home is a big financial investment. Buying or renting a home can also be done for many reasons, from the desire to own a home to changes in jobs, family situations, and the need for a smaller or larger living area etc. Whatever your reason of getting a home is, taking responsibility of its proper care for it to remain desirable and maintain its value should be of great importance to you. That is where home maintenance comes in.

Proper home maintenance can be a daunting task though – especially for new home owners. That is why we have compiled this list of home maintenance tips you should use to keep your home looking its best, avoid accidents in your home and save some money.

  1. Create and Follow a Home Maintenance Schedule
  2. Save Energy to Save Money and Avoid Accidents
  3. Heat and Cool More Efficiently
  4. Maintain your appliances efficiently
  5. Get an airtight insurance policy and/or have an emergency fund
  6. Create and Follow a Home Maintenance Schedule

1. Create and Follow a Home Maintenance Schedule

A good place to start your home maintenance journey is to create and follow a home maintenance schedule. Just as your car needs to have an oil change and get its components checked and maintained regularly, your home will need some regular maintenance, as well.

It can be helpful to split your home maintenance schedule into different periods and perform certain tasks then.

For example, simple tasks like cleaning and decluttering living space can be done on daily basis. Testing your doors and their locks can be done bi-weekly. Checking important home appliances like smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and replacing their batteries can be done monthly. Also make sure you check your fire extinguishers monthly.

You can call in professionals for general inspection and touch up exterior paint of your home annually. It’s also important to get your electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems checked annually to keep them in good shape.

These and more – when performed efficiently – will prevent unpleasant surprises and make sure you’re on top of your home maintenance game.

2. Save energy to save money and avoid accidents

We’ve all heard horror stories of terrible accidents in people’s homes because they left some appliances on after use. Turning off all unused appliances in your home to save energy won’t only help avoid accidents but also save you a great deal of money.

3. Heat and Cool More efficiently

This tip is more in tune with saving some money around your home. The US Department of Energy notes that about 54 percent of the typical homeowner’s utilities bills are heating and cooling costs. If you can save on heating and cooling your home, you can trim a lot of money off your overall utility payments.

An efficient way of implementing this tip is using smart home gadgets like the Nest Learning Thermostat that learns your schedule and automatically adjust the temperature for you.

Check out our Home automation and smart home gadgets guide for more information on smart home technology.

4. Maintain your appliances efficiently

This should start from making sure you buy only original home appliances that have warranty on them. Never compromise on your home appliances. The consequences of this can be costly, ranging from minor inconveniences to major disasters.

After buying original products, use them according to their manufacturer’s manual and keep them in safe places. Don’t place electrical appliances where they’ll get drenched.  Don’t overuse them and never leave any appliance on after use.

Also check them regularly for faults. Make sure electrical appliances don’t have their wire naked, this can be very dangerous.

5. Maintain your appliances efficiently

Being careful doesn’t always cut it. Especially in Nigeria where the state of things like electricity can be unstable.

Make sure you have insurance for the things around your home that are quite expensive and you can’t afford to miss. Insurance will save your investment whenever there are such incidents that are beyond your control. Having emergency fund is another way to play it safe with such incidents you have no control over.

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