Restoration UK has been providing expert advice on property renovation, conversion and restoration for over 20 years. Their blog is features advice on damp, mould, restoration and home maintenance.
In this post, they have put together a simple, yet effective list of ways to help you show your home a little TLC:
Security, stability and warmth may be attributes that are desirable in a partner but they can equally be applied to your home – as long as you treat it with respect. This Valentine's Day, show your home some love with our home maintenance tips and you'll help ensure a long-term future for your property. A little attention goes a long way, so don't let your home suffer from neglect.Take a closer look at your home.
Use binoculars to check the roof for missing tiles, excessive moss growth, damaged pointing, broken chimney stacks and other issues that could lead to leaks. Check masonry for cracks and flaking paint or render, and generally, give your home the attention it deserves.
Clean your chimney.
Spring is the best time to do this, before nesting season starts. Fit chimney cowls too, to prevent birds nesting once your chimney's been cleaned: it's illegal to remove or disturb nesting birds once they get in.
Clean your windows.
Sparkling glass will make your home look polished – and mean you get maximum light. Don't forget to clean blinds and curtains too.
Don't let rot take hold.
Check around doors and windows to make sure they're free from damp and rot. If you find any, treat it
sooner rather than later to avoid the rot setting in.
Tend the garden.
After a long winter with storms galore, you may have fencing panels to fix, broken pots to mend and built up vegetable matter to clear. Sweep paths, prune winter-flowering shrubs and hedges, and prepare your vegetable beds. You can make life easier on yourself by putting plastic sheeting over areas that are beset by weeds, and weighing it down. This blocks out the light that weeds need to thrive, killing them off and saving you hours of back-breaking work. Don't neglect front gardens either: a few pretty planters or hanging baskets can make the approach to your home more welcoming.
Clean paths and decking
. Remove any mould or algae that could lead to dangerous slippery surfaces. Fix or replace loose paving slabs too.Get spring cleaning.
Break the job down into small tasks to make it manageable, starting with the most obvious problems (e.g. emptying bins and hoovering to get rid of bad smells and dust) and leaving less urgent tasks (e.g. alphabetising your books) until the end. Note down any repairs that need doing as you clean, and make a 'to do' list – then do it.
Check your loft space and other neglected areas.
Make sure you don't have any leaks, damp or other vulnerabilities. It's much better to identify issues as soon as they happen, rather than waiting for problems to make themselves known through damage.
Give your home a breath of fresh air.
Poor ventilation can lead to damp problems so open all the windows to help your home breathe. If you have damp problems, it's worth looking into ventilation solutions
, as these can help even when it's too cold to open the windows.
Treat yourself to some spring flowers.
Narcissus, daffodils, and crocuses will all add freshness to your home, and are easy to maintain.
If you’re looking for a new home to fall in love with this Valentine’s Day, contact your local CJ Hole branch who are ready to set you up with your perfect match.