Three Essential Home Maintenance Tasks You Might Be Neglecting

Homeowners don't always realise what goes into maintaining a house. What might you be missing in your home maintenance schedule and why is it so important to get all these things done on a regular basis?

#1: Getting your bricks repointed.

If you live in a brick house, it's absolutely essential that you have your bricks repointed (which simply means 'topping up' the exposed mortar on the exposed portions of brick walls) about once a decade. This might not seem like a lot, but you might be surprised by how easy it is to not get around to actually doing it. It's super important that you do, though, because the mortar is what's keeping your walls together and ensuring your home is properly watertight and weatherproof.

Having your bricks repointed is usually pretty affordable, but unless you're a professional, you shouldn't risk doing it yourself. Hire a home repair and building restoration service with the skills to get the job done right, and your future self will thank you for it.

#2: Clearing out everything's filters.

Practically everything in your kitchen or bathroom has a filter of some kind, and all those filters should be cleaned out at least once every six months! This is one of those jobs that nearly everyone neglects to get done, but by leaving it for later you're risking permanent damage to your appliances and plumbing and almost certainly going to reduce the lifespan of the objects you rely on the most. Things with filters you need to keep clean and shiny include:

  • Dishwashers

  • Extraction fans

  • Freezers

  • Fridges

  • HVAC units

  • Showers

  • Sinks

  • Some toilet cisterns

  • Tumble dryers

  • Washing machines

...and any number of smaller kitchen appliances like coffee makers and ice machines.

Most of these filters will be pretty easy to locate and clean yourself, and you probably won't need professional help with this one. If you're unsure where to find the filter in one of your appliances, check the manual--there should be a pretty clear guide.

#3: Painting the front of your house.

Nobody likes painting the front of their house, and in an area where there are restrictions on colour choice, it can seem a little dull to do it over and over. The thing is, though, it's a task that needs doing: Over time, a neglected house front can lead to structural damage. That paint is protecting your brickwork and masonry, so if the front of your house is poorly maintained, it will also lower the value of your property, which will be an issue should you ever wish to sell it.

If this is a task you simply hate doing, help is at hand: Bringing in the professionals to help you out is a lot less arduous than you might imagine. Many companies offer cheap packages now, and it should only take a day or two if your home is reasonably small and the team you hire are highly skilled.

If you're unable to do home maintenance because of your overall health, make sure you call in others to help out.

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Hello, my name is Paul and I live in Tasmania. Last year, my grandad passed away and left me a lot of this things. When I visited his home, I was amazed to see the range of different antique items. There were watches, chains, rings and musical instruments and they now belonged to me. Some of them were in pretty bad condition so I decided to teach myself about the restoration process. I could carry out some basic restoration tasks, but I had to take some of the more badly damaged items to a professional. I decided to start this blog to advise others.

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