Purchasing a home or condo comes with the responsibility of maintaining the property. Many people do struggle with these tasks, but they are important and are valuable skills to learn. If you can't do them yourself, it is in your best interest to hire a qualified contractor to do the maintenance for you.
Clearing The Gutters
Avoiding this task can lead to cracks in the foundation of your house and cause damage to the gutters themselves. Falling off a ladder is a leading cause of injury with house maintenance. But, this task should ultimately be performed twice a year. Your foundation and building exterior will thank you for it in the long run.
Change The Filters
The furnace or HVAC system in your property can become clogged with all sorts of particles. Pet dander, dirt, dust, all collect and become part of your air flow. Checking and maintaining all of the filters in your home will improve your air quality. This also brings the added benefit of allowing your system to run more efficiently.
Check For Leaks
Roofs, windows, and doors can be spots where leaks come into your property. If the leak is left unattended, it can also provide a spot for rodents or other pests to gain access. Another factor is mould, which can lead to respiratory issues. Any unwanted water ingress can lead to damage that costs to repair.
Fire Safety Devices
Condos are required to conduct fire safety inspections every year, but houses are not. Smoke detectors are an important safety feature. They should all be checked regularly to make sure they are operational. Seconds can make the difference in the worst case scenario of emergency. Don't be left with an unsafe home by avoiding a task that only takes a few minutes. Most often, it's simply a case of changing the batteries.
Maintain The Landscaping
Some Vancouver homes come with immaculate landscaping. But this feature doesn't come naturally. It requires work and maintenance. There are plenty of companies available to offer this service, but many home owners prefer to do the work themselves. It is one of the advantages of having the space, and a green thumb.
Probe The Plumbing
Plumbing issues can be difficult to identify, mainly because they are out of sight. Excess water consumption can be costly, bad for the environment, and also put unnecessary strain on your plumbing system. That clog or leaky faucet might seem like a small nuisance, but avoiding the repair can cause the need for costly repairs in the future.
Cleaning By Schedule
It might seem boring, but setting a cleaning schedule can be an effective way to maintain your property. Allergens, dirt, dust, pet fur, will often embed itself in the carpets or floors. Stop their spread by cleaning them regularly. Your floors will last longer as a result, as will the rest of your possessions. Bathrooms can be a perfect recipe for mould if not maintained by cleaning. Mildew and bacteria can also flourish in unclean environments.