Maintaining Your Home

July 20 | 2012

Every aspect of home maintenance is an investment, in monetary terms as well as time and dedication. Your property is likely the single biggest investment you will ever make, so it is critical as well as in your own self interest to ensure that your investment is cared for. Regular cleaning, repairs, alterations and upgrades are important for your property, and as always it is a better investment when these works are carried out by professionals. However, sometimes money is tight and a little DIY can go a long way. Here are some tips that you can do to maintain your home:

Pursue interior design magazines and keep an eye out for furnishings, ideas and colours that you like; knowing what you want or what your preferred design is means less backtracking and time wasting.

Stay up to date with ecological and technological advances; understand their benefits and perhaps create a base plan to reducing running costs when remodelling or performing home maintenance.

The cheapest and most efficient solution for reviving a ‘boring’ room is colour. It is astounding what an effect painting a single wall can do to transform a space.

Home maintenance and remodelling means upgrades and repair, but it can also mean utilizing functionality and space – this does not mean cramming everything together, it’s more combination of space and its function, for example creating an open feel for a living room with a strategically-planned  layout and hidden storage solutions.

Long lasting furniture is expensive and sometimes a new good quality wardrobe for example can set you back over €1,500. This is why in home maintenance and remodelling it is important to find alternatives and solutions for cost savings. We have found in our experience that building a well designed wardrobe, with gypsum and glass can work out better than purchasing one from a showroom. This way, the wardrobe is personalized to the client’s needs for space and purpose; it is significantly less expensive, it can be designed in such a way that it can be well lit, and can even become a focal point of the room; the cheaper option is now part of the property and part of the investment. The same could be done with seating or shelving. A little design and innovative planning can go a long way.

For certain repair and upgrading works you will need professionals; from designers and project managers to electricians and plumbers. Getting the job done correctly and professionally from day one will save you time and money in the future.

Regular home maintenance means staying on top of things; from replacing washers in faucets due to leaks to applying concrete sealer – which makes concrete floors easier to keep clean. Checking filters, alarms, and oiling garage doors are all part of the job. Prevention rather than cure is the idea and lists and calendars really help manage the process more efficiently. Take a night off and sit down to write up a programme of works and schedule all the jobs that are pending. Organising yourself in this way will ensure that everything is resolved, promising that your investment is cared for.

Space can always be better utilized, particularly in today’s smaller homes such as apartments. That wasted square footage can be put to good use through either innovative design or better purchasing and planning. For example, buying furniture that doubles up as storage, creating more shelving and raising the height of furnishings to create storage underneath them, like beds, can all increase floor space, and can allow more light to penetrate into a space.

If you plan well, do DIY and regular house maintenance yourself then you need good tools. It depends on what degree of involvement and ‘do it yourself’ you’d like, but some necessary tools are; A rubber mallet, set of screwdrivers with different heads, drill and drill bits, an adjustable wrench, measuring tape, pliers, paintbrushes, gloves, utility and putty knives, a good quality hammer, a saw, electrical tape  and assorted nails, screws, nuts, washers and bolts.

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