It takes a lot of planning to get into a gorgeous new home of your own. Weekends spent exploring our stunning range of display homes, and pouring over home designs finally culminate in you actually getting to move in and start living your life.
Knowing how to care for your brand new home will ensure it stays in tip top condition for years to come, remember your home is also an investment for the future. Just like a car, a house requires regular maintenance too.
- Keep your gardens well maintained. Small regular maintenance will mean that you don’t have to outlay a large amount of money in the future to bring everything up to scratch. A neat front yard is also essential for making sure your home has maximum curb appeal.
- Regular cleaning of floor coverings will extend their life span massively. Attend to any stains as soon as possible. Also try to keep wooden floors free from dirt to prevent abrasion to the surface. When mopping wooden or laminate flooring, use minimal water as excessive moisture can cause damage.
- If you want to hang works of art/shelving without damaging walls, make sure you use the appropriate fasteners for the weight of the art and the construction of the wall.
- Laminated surfaces, such as kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities, need to be cleaned with non-abrasive solutions to ensure the polished finish is not ruined. Although it may seem obvious, always use chopping boards when cutting food, and never place hot pots/pans directly on the benchtop.
- Plumbing issues can be super costly and inconvenient, some simple tips will help to keep your pipes flowing smoothly. Don’t wash food scraps down the kitchen sink, and avoid turning off taps too tightly as this will damage the washers inside. Most importantly, if any adjustments or repairs need to be made to your toilet, hot water system or any other plumbing, always use a qualified plumber.
- Fix leaky taps and any roof leaks immediately. There is a potential for mould or even flooding if leaks are left for too long.
- Change or clean filters/vents in heating and air conditioning systems at least twice a year to keep them functioning efficiently. Also clean fans and dryers as often as needed.
- Dust and dirt is not just visually unappealing, it can damage finishes on countertops, tiles, sinks, floors and cabinets. A few times dusting a week and sweeping floors, could save you from having to pay for costly repairs over time.
- Keep up with all the minor tasks that may seem unimportant, but when all put together, work to make sure your home stays sparkly and fresh. Clean debris from gutters regularly, book in yearly pest inspections, have carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, give any decks a fresh coat of decking oil/stain every year, reseal pavers when needed, if you have a pool/spa, have them checked regularly to ensure they are safe and running properly and check that your home is well insured.