Often, a new home is the most expensive and important investment you'll ever make, so keeping it in top condition is a no-brainer. However, remembering to repair fencing, service your boiler or even just mow the lawn can prove difficult when you're caught up with day-to-day life. That's why hiring a property maintenance company to keep your home in top good condition and provide home improvement advice could be the answer.
After all the cost and hassle of buying a new property, you might feel like organising a property maintenance contract is a waste of time - but think again. Taking out a maintenance contract on your new home will:
Here are some examples of common property maintenance tasks:
This may include replacing broken tiles, removing moss, waterproofing leaky roofs and fixing defective fascias and soffits. Your gutters will also need to be cleaned at least once a year, preferably at the beginning of autumn to prevent blockages which can leak to leaks and penetrating damp problems. If you have a working fireplace, your chimney will also need to be swept at least once a year to avoid fires and blockages which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Even new properties may experience plumbing problems such as clogged drains and pipes, central heating breakdowns or minor leaks. All plumbing tasks should be carried out by qualified, trained professionals.
This particularly applies to external walls which are exposed to the elements; these may need regular plastering and painting to keep them in good condition. Wooden fixtures such as window frames, doors and decking will also need to be re-painted or stained to avoid rotting. Any interior painting, plastering or decorating tasks may need to be carried out over time.
Gardens can quickly become untidy if left to their own devices. To avoid this, mowing, general gardening and tree surgery tasks will need to be regularly carried out. Patios, driveways and paving may need occasional power washing to keep them free from moss and slime. Any fencing may also require weatherproofing or repairs, especially after periods of bad weather.
There are a variety of home safety checks that need to be regularly carried out to keep you and your family safe. These include:
If you don't have time to keep your property clean and tidy it can become a health risk and attract pests. As well as general cleaning tasks, property maintenance companies can arrange professional carpet, curtain and window cleaning services.
There are many property maintenance companies to choose from, here are some tips on what to look for when hiring one: