Many people take time off during the Christmas season. While most of us would rather spend this time relaxing after a year’s hard work, sitting down to spend time with family or travelling, it might also be wise to consider the state of our homes. Instead of devoting the entire holiday to mere relaxing, it might be wise to set aside at least some time for practical improvements that can improve our homes and, therefore, our lives.
Roofs and gutters
One of the most important focuses we should have is ascertaining the state of our roofs and gutters. If these overflow with rain water, this can lead to serious damage. It’s easy to overlook, due it being on the roof – but it’s not something to ignore.
HouseLogic recommends you look for the following
“Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering; missing or broken shingles; cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes; missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)”
You then either need to replace or remove as necessary; it might be important to call in professionals but you can save yourself money by taking time to do it yourself. Also, check the age of the roofing to see if its lifecycle is nearing the end.
Another important focus should be checking on mould. Mould in the house is incredibly dangerous. Family Handyman notes:
“Mold is a major-league nuisance. It blackens the grout lines in your shower, discolors drywall, shows up as black spots on siding, darkens decks, and grows on and rots damp wood everywhere. Even worse, it can be bad for your health. It releases microscopic spores that cause allergic reactions, runny noses and sneezing, as well as irritating, even injurious, odors.”
This means mould is directly related to the health of yourself and your loved ones. You don’t want your holiday ruined by avoidable sickness. Mould can be in small quantities identifiable as tiny black spots, near or on moist areas – or it can be larger existing in places like under your carpet. This is usually detectable by odour, usually a musty smell and always by areas that are damp: check carpets, dark corners, crawl spaces, ceiling, and other areas where damp either starts or can collect.
A lot of this work can be done yourself, as long as you have the right kind of tools – for example, you might need Makita power tools to really get into the harder to reach areas, to apply cleaning materials.
The Garden Cleanup
We shouldn’t forget the outside. Maintaining the garden is essential if we can’t to keep up appearances and prevent possibly damaging or dangerous materials; for example, a garden clean up can reveal holes in the home’s exterior or collecting garbage that could damage us. Gardening Know How has an easy to implement guide on how to tackle this notoriously difficult area.
The holidays make for an ideal time to basically give our homes a makeover. This isn’t just cosmetic, but health-based. Maintaining upkeep in our homes also increases its lifespan and adds to its value.
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