Routine home maintenance
How do you ensure your home doesn’t spend your retirement savings for you? Well, one way is to regularly undertake routine maintenance on your home so you keep it in good working order. This can often mean undertaking regular checks and fixing any problems you might find, rather than leaving them. Good home maintenance slows down your home’s ageing process and can be cost effective in the long run as small problems don’t turn into big ones.
What type of maintenance checks should I be doing?
- Undertake periodic inspections of your home – including the windows, doors, guttering and cladding.
- Undertake regular inspections to examine any surface water or drainage issues – particularly in the autumn and winter months.
- Regularly inspect your walls and roof to ensure there is no water coming into the property. It’s important to keep your home dry, as water can be very damaging for property.
- Keep on top of regular painting and decorating tasks so they don’t become bigger tasks in the future.
- Ensure your heating system is checked annually.
- Ensure any chimneys are swept at least once a year.
How much will it cost?
In a survey conducted by Halifax in 2013, it showed the average cost of annual home repairs is over £700 per year – although this will depend on what you check each year and who you use. As a guide, an annual boiler check will cost around £100 and a detailed inspection of the inside and outside of your building undertaken by a building surveyor will be in the region of £500 - £1300, depending on the value of the property.
Who should I talk to?
It’s worth going onto a trade comparison site, and getting reviews and recommendations from friends and neighbours for tradespeople that you can trust.