Home is where the heart is, but home is also where the heat is during winters, and shade during summers. It’s where you wake up first thing in the morning and go to bed at the end of the day. It is where you will send your kids to college and enjoy your life after retirement. Just like, efforts are needed to lead a balanced life. To keep a house in a good shape, maintenance is needed on a regular basis. Most homeowners avoid undertaking this task for the fear of it being complicated. Fret not, we’ll create a list of essentials, to help you with on your home improvement journey.
Plan the Scope of Work
You don’t want to be caught in unchartered territory. The first step is to research, get your facts right. Keep a realist point of view while setting up the timeline and the budget for home renovations. Buy books on home improvement or turn to youtube for the resources, getting a thorough know-how of things before jumping into the task will help save time, money and efforts.
Basics before beautification
Before you start remodeling for the aesthetics, take a moment and take care of the essentials first. Check if the roof needs to be re-tiled, are there any water leaks, hot water cylinder replacement, house insulation, tending to the front porch of the exterior of the house is taken care of. Let’s get into some more specifics. Roof and the foundation of the home are the most crucial elements of the structure. An annual or a bi-yearly check and help save you from unexpected repairs which can burn a hole in the pocket.
Moving on to heating and insulation, what should you do to maximize your insulation and lower your energy consumption? Cover the basics – Fix leaks, Weatherstrip the doors and windows, check the hot water cylinder, heaters, and other electrical equipment and replace them if they are in a poor condition, replace or redo the existing insulation in the house wherever you find drafty areas. Follow these links to preventing heat loss, for greener alternatives and to save money on house insulation. Same goes for retrofit double glazing, it helps conserve heat better. Here’s how retrofit double glazing works.
These are the calculations for the return on the repairs for the house. Prioritize based on what needs crucial care, what can wait and how much value would it add to the house. Also, winter is a good time to gauge and plan the repairs in the warmer months, start with things that require minimum time and efforts then move on to the heavy-duty ones.
Strength and repair the joineries
The house and the objects in it need strengthening from time to time. Traditionally timber joinery and wood joineries provided a structure with the support needed and is used to add durability to furniture and other objects in the house. There are different types of joinery used for various purposes, most commonly used are listed here. Getting a profession joiner to inspect the joinery, as especially the ones holding the structure in place is a good investment.
‘A man is only as good as his tools’ said Emmert Wolf and when it comes to home repair, this holds true. Invest in a good toolkit and over the years add to your collection. Essential tools come in handy for minor repairs if you are a newbie and not too handy with repair work. For the more experienced players, it can help by enabling them to undertake some tasks and help save money by doing the work at home rather than opting for professional help. Here’s a list of the tools that every home owner should own.
Now that the basics are taken care of, you can work towards beautifying the house with bathroom remodelling, redoing the kitchen, the attic, the patio etc. The first step would be searching for inspiration in magazines or online portals, once you have a theme in mind speak to several professionals to compare quotes and project timelines. Keep a tight budget and adhere to it, however keep some sum aside for unforeseen repairs. If you don’t want to go for a full-blown renovation, you can start with smaller projects and take it from there. Here are 30-weekend projects to beautify your home and some more weekend projects tips
While you are at it, don’t forget to take care of the exterior, that’s the first thing anyone notices, here are 45 stunning house exteriors to help you find some inspiration.
Professional Home Inspection
While saving a buck or two is always a good idea, however, some things come at a price, which is worth shelling out the sum for. Investing in a professional home inspection can ensure that minor slips and errors are caught and can be fixed. It’s easy to oversee some points while looking at the picture, a fresh third perspective can come in handy to avoid major repairs down the line. Also, a clean bill can be a relief and can help increase the value of your house.
Undertaking home renovations is a mammoth task. But breaking it down into smaller jobs always helps. Some things can be done on your own. However, for major or risky jobs, it is always better to leave it to the professionals. Plan repairs in the colder months, so that the summer is utilized to execute the plan of action without any delays. Also, don’t go overboard with the repairs, see that it improves your resale value on the market. And last but not the least, get a trusted contractor. Speak to your family and friends for recommendations. Take your time to make the decision, this is an important one. You want to place your home in trusted hands so that you get the best possible results without getting duped.