6 Essential Home Repairs and Improvements

6 Essential Home Repairs and Improvements
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    Keeping the home looking its best can be harder work than you anticipated.

    We all love to spend money on new carpets and TVs, but there's a whole host of other things that need to feel the benefits of our wallet.

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To give you a taste of what you can expect over the years we’ve put together a quick and easy checklist of half a dozen home repairs and improvements you need to start budgeting for. Just what you need when you want your house to really feel like home for years to come.

Reseal the Bath – Keep the Bathroom Spotless

If you’ve ever tried to scrub around the edges of the bath you’ll have noticed that over time the silicone sealant is prone to black mold. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it — it’s a limitation of the design — but you still want to keep the bathroom looking its best.

Scraping out the old sealant and replacing it with fresh stuff is the best way to go. It won’t be the most enjoyable of jobs, but it stops the mold from spreading.

Repair Rendering – Keep Damp at Bay

If you have a little bit of crumbling rendering on the outside of your home it’s easy to turn a blind eye to. The problem is that whilst you can put up with the slightly tatty look it presents, it’s like opening your front door to wind and rain.

Before you know it, moisture will have got behind lots of the remaining render and will be busy soaking into the brickwork. It’s so much easier to pay a plasterer half a day to patch up the outside than it is to have your whole home treated for damp in a few years.

Check the Wiring Yearly – Call a Pro

Frayed electric cables and damaged sockets are a ticking time bomb that most of us never think to check for. If you wait until appliances spark and overheat, then you’ve waited far longer than you should have. Hire an electrician to take a look at things on a regular basis and you’ll have the peace of mind that only comes from being proactive when it comes to electrical safety.

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Save by Checking the Roof

High winds and heavy rain are the best ways to dislodge slates. You might think that losing one of two is no big deal, but you need to think again. Roofs are built in a specific way, and they’re only as effective as their weakest link. If there’s a route for rain and damp to take, they’ll soon find it. When that happens it’s your timbers and joists that are going to need replacing, and that costs a lot more than a few slates.

Fire Ducts in the Kitchen – a Must

If you want to make the kitchen the heart of the home that will last for years to come, you probably don’t instantly start thinking about fire ducts. That said, they are essential if you want to be safe when you’re working your magic on your next culinary creation.

Conservatory Adds Significant Value to Your Property

Last but not least, think about whether or not you would get much use out of a conservatory. They’re a great way to add a second lounge to the home, and they can really take your property value to new heights too.

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Hopefully these six tips will help you get your home into the shape you want it to be. Don’t think of the spring as the only time to make repairs and adjustments, and start making your home a better place to live in today.

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). He writes for ThorDuct.

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