Owning your home is one of the single greatest accomplishments in life, and one that not everyone can reach. So, when we acquire this asset, it is imperative that we prepare to take all measures to keep it damage-free. No matter where the location of your home is, or the budget you’re working with – this preparative guide is a small amount of pain for a lifetime of gain.
Ah yes, the dreaded T word that is guaranteed to make any homeowner shudder. The fact is, termites don’t strike by chance like some cruel Russian roulette, they are created by the conditions of the home. Perhaps the previous owners were lax on their termite prevention plan, and the only way to be sure is to approach the experts and give your home a
The elements are probably the most unpredictable force there is, and when a picnic is rained out it’s a shame – but
Your roof should be surveyed twice a year, and if you aren’t sure what you are looking for or not too keen to climb up the ladder, get a second opinion from the experts. Gutters can go from clear to clogged in one afternoon shower, so make sure these are checked monthly and more often in rainy seasons. Gutter covers will work to block more debris but they will need to be monitored.
The patch of dirt and pebbles that you aren’t sure what you will do with yet? It’s time to decide. When heavy rain or strong winds hit, these unmanicured areas are going to be strewn around the house creating flash-flooding or covering your entire house and yard with debris.
Planting shrubbery and hedges will act as a barrier for destruction so watch what your yard does next time there is bad weather and put a preventative
Keep it tight
Fences, windows and doors. They’re what keeps the outside world out and they need to be taken care of. Flimsy fences and gates pose security issues, not to mention the damage they incur when they fly of the latches when strong weather hits.
Unsecure windows and doors are also a worry, and without strong material or awnings in place, you may come home to find that hail has shattered the windows and your bedroom is glass and water soaked. Your entry points to your property must be held up to the highest standard as this also impacts your insurance and whether or not you will be covered.
It’s easy to get swept up in the styling and visual appeal of the home. But if you don’t follow a preparative guide to keep your home damage-free, then it may all be for nothing. Strong weather conditions are public enemy number 1 for your home, but preempting these seasons and regular maintenance will keep everything in check and save you any nasty surprises and bills.