7 Tips for Top Property Maintenance in London

25.02.16

Property maintenance for London homes and houses around the rest of UK is an absolute must for anybody who wants to secure their investment, both financially and domestically. Like any other long-term purchase, your property will require inspection, repairs, and improvements over the years.

From security and general upkeep to keeping your home looking its best, here’s a list of points to consider for tip-top property maintenance.

1.    Insulation

In case you weren’t already aware, insulating your loft can go a long way towards saving on your heating bills. Insulation materials, such as blanket and board insulation, prevent heat from escaping through the roof; reducing your central heating usage and cutting your annual energy costs.

The same goes for wall cavity insulation. Depending on when your home was built it may not be up to current efficiency standards and therefore require insulation to prevent heat egress. You can find out if you are eligible for Free Home Insulation as part of a Government initiative by clickingHere.

2.    Security

Making sure your property is secure from intrusion is a major part of maintenance. It’s important to feel safe in your own home, and that your family and possessions are well protected. 

Security can be enhanced with fitted floodlights and burglar alarms are an excellent deterrent, preventing intruders from breaking and entering. It’s also vital to change locks should you lose your keys and whenever moving into a new property – you can never be sure who still has access.

3.    Weatherproofing

Keeping your house dry and protected from the elements is something we often forget.  After all, isn’t shelter the fundamental purpose of any home? Well, unless you take the time to properly manage your property’s resilience against the rain and harsh weather then you could end up with leakage, water damage and any number of costly repairs.

Regularly check roof guttering and remove debris to prevent overflowing, which can cause incremental damage to your roof and home foundations.  You can also apply rubberised sealant between roof panels and tiling, flashes, and fascia boards for further protection.

In preparation for harsh weather, remove any overhanging tree branches that may fall or cause damage to windows and brickwork, and inspect window and door caulking.

4.    Safety Inspection

There are an awful lot of things that can wrong in the home. The best way of preventing injury and mishap is inspection. Regularly check batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, and remember that even hardwired detectors have batteries that need replacing (it is often recommended that you replace them every six months regardless). The same thing goes for your security alarms and lighting too.

Another thing that people often forget to check is bathroom and bedroom locks. You want to ensure that EVERY room is accessible and escapable at times of an emergency.

5.    In the Garden

We’ve already mentioned removing overhanging branches that may cause damage during harsh weather, but there are other areas that will need looking at from time to time.

Some plants – not just weeds – can find their way into cracks and holes on the exterior of your home, causing damage and further nuisances. Nip this in the bud by clearing the immediate outside of your home of any wayward shrubs and overgrowth.

If you have decking in the garden, you need to clean and treat the wood every year to prevent it from decaying and preserve it the way it looks. Begin with an application of a water/cleaning solution mixture, getting into the wood thoroughly with a clean sweeping brush. Approximately three days after the wood has been given time to dry, you can then apply protection.

6.    Beyond the Spring-clean   

There are some chores you would only associate with a good, old fashioned spring-clean. Then there are chores you might never have contemplated in your wildest dreams. In order to give your home the proper maintenance it deserves, find the time at some point to address the following:

  • Remove showerheads and clean sediment. This prolongs life and helps with water pressure.
  • Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc. Go through the house and inspect fixtures that could have a loose screw.
  • Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces. Prevent grime from building up in water sources you don’t regularly use.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils. Removing dirt from refrigerator coils reduces the need to crank up the power whenever it seems sluggish (of which it uses up to 15 percent of your home’s total power) and can save on your energy bills.

 7.    Does it Work? If Not, We Can Help

Finally, take the time to ensure everything vital works the way it’s supposed to, from running water to wiring there can be any number of problems or concerns. Thankfully you don’t have to go chasing a plumber or electrician, as we provide property maintenance in London services right across the board for peace of mind.