The axiom that a stich in time saves nine could not be more relevant than when it comes to the upkeep of your home. A little preventive home maintenance can eliminate the need for major repairs later. Bearing in mind that “major repairs” is code for more extensive, more expensive, and probably at the most inconvenient time too!
Whether you are sprucing up your home pre holiday-season, or with an eye to selling up, don’t waste any time in getting started.
- Not every home improvement is skin-deep. Aging roofs, hidden water leaks, or outdated electrical systems – you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Walk around your home and write a list of everything – big or small – that is broken or in a state of disrepair. While small repairs might seem trivial, adding them all up creates a shoddy impression
- Find inspiration on the internet, TV shows, and design magazines. When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, keeping your vision clear ensures that you keep it simple and on budget.
- One of the easiest and most cost-effective improvements of all is a fresh coat of paint. For a clean and updated look, give yourself adequate time to properly prepare the areas before you even touch a paint brush.
- Go green. Do an energy audit to see how to maximise the energy efficiency of your home. Not only will this cut your electricity bill now, but it makes your home more marketable in the long run.
- Even small revamps in the kitchen or bathroom guarantee good bang for your buck. Simply replacing old plumbing and lighting fixtures, swapping out a stained sink for a shiny new stainless steel model, or updating your tiles will give your home an updated, modern look.