5 Annual House Safety Checkups You Should Be Making

Often, and aside from our families and the people we cherish in our lives, our homes are the most valuable and proud possession we own. It’s okay to have pride in your property if you’ve taken the time to care for it over the years, as this space can slowly become an extension of yourself in everything it has to offer.

That said, part of appreciating our homes is looking after them, scheduling maintenance, and making sure that repairs are made when necessary. It also means trying to pre-empt issues that could cause you a hefty expense in recuperative efforts. For this reason, each year, it’s important to take a deep inspection of various elements of your household to make sure everything is in tip-top shape, that issues are attended to ahead of time, and problems can be properly solved without them affecting much else.

Of course, we’re not here to suggest that there should be a yearly limit on how many times you can inspect your property – do that which is right for you. An annual check can often serve as a competent rule of thumb, however. In this post, we’ll discuss five of those checks, and to what degree you should consider them:

Roofing Conditions

A poor roofing condition can rob you of good insulation, protection against leaks, and of course, may even put you in danger. After all, if some tiles are loose, one could fall and hurt someone or worse. This is not worth risking, especially now that the winter is on its way and the cold, winter wind is likely to cause more strain on a roofing system.

This is why using quality roofers can help you ensure that your entire roofing system is inspected, appropriate repairs can be carried out sooner rather than later, and potential issues can be fixed ahead of time. With a service like this that you can trust, you don’t have to worry about if you’re exposed or not, and you can enjoy the festive season with peace of mind, and your heating remaining inside the home.

Pest Control

Pest control doesn’t seem essential unless you need it. But when you do need it, a problem may take much more to solve than you realize. Of course, sometimes, you might not need these professional services until you notice a problem, like bats in your attic. Often, creatures like bats are protected, requiring careful removal. That said, it can also be helpful to lay down preventative measures and materials that stop certain populations from growing, such as rats in your garage area or basement. Investing in this approach once a year or every six months can be key, especially if you occupy a rural area.

Damp

Damp is, unfortunately, an issue that can grow without you realizing and may cause real respiratory problems to infants, the elderly, and those with conditions like asthma. Even if you may not be as effected as others, damp can cause problems and illnesses, and also curate real damage within a property. That can be a big problem.

For this reason, it’s important to make sure that each room has adequate ventilation, that you check behind all furniture pieces, and that sometimes, walls are inspected more thoroughly and repaired as necessary.

Kitchen Hygiene

Kitchen hygiene may seem like something you should keep up on pretty regularly, and that’s right, but when was the last time you had a full, top to bottom, no shelf or cupboard left behind deep clean?

It could be that now, just before the Christmas festivities or after it, could be the best time to do that. Removing all the dust, washing all the pots, bans and baking bowls at the back of our cupboards, throwing out that we no longer use, finding out which appliance could use replacing, removing black mold from under the sink area, and thoroughly cleaning between the tiles could be a great way to make sure your kitchen is in tip-top shape, and that issues haven’t been left to germinate for too long. This could even be a bi or quad-annual effort you partake in.

Storage Areas

We can also extend the efforts we have just spoken of to the storage areas of our home, such as our basements, garages, and attics. Just look behind everything and have that deep clean. Here you can properly assess issues, notice maintenance problems you need to fix, and more.

With this advice, you’re certain to make the best annual house safety checkups going forward.

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