Top Maintenance Tips for Upkeeping Your Home


Top Maintenance Tips for Upkeeping Your Home

26 March 2024

At Fletcher Homes, we take pride in crafting beautiful, high-quality homes built to last a lifetime. Each Fletcher home comes complete with a 10-year NHBC Buildmark warranty. When you purchase a home from us, you can rest assured knowing that your new home has been designed and built to the highest standards and will cover any structural damage that may occur.

But even so, all homes require a little TLC to keep them functioning flawlessly and looking their best all year round. Here are some key maintenance tips you can incorporate into your routine to keep your home looking spick and span.

Maintaining your home’s exterior

Regularly wash away grime and dirt that naturally builds on your home exterior. Use a power washer with the appropriate setting for your siding material or opt for a gentle scrub with soapy water. Don’t forget to clean gutters and downspouts to prevent overflow and potential damage from rain or melting snow.

A well-maintained landscape not only enhances curb appeal but also benefits your home’s foundation. Prune overgrown trees and shrubs to prevent them from blocking sunlight or damaging your roof. Refresh flower beds with mulch and seasonal plantings to add a touch of colour throughout the year.

Check windows and doors periodically for any wear and tear. Tighten loose screws, replace damaged weatherstripping, and lubricate hinges for smooth operation. Clean window screens to optimise airflow and natural light for a brighter, more comfortable living space.

Ensuring optimal HVAC system performance

Schedule regular professional tune-ups for both your air conditioning and heating systems, like the air source heat pumps found in our Florence Fields development. These tune-ups ensure optimal efficiency, prevent breakdowns, and can extend the lifespan of your equipment. Additionally, replace air filters regularly throughout the year according to your system’s recommendations. Clean air filters improve air quality within your home and maximize the efficiency of your HVAC systems.

Preventative measures for a safe and secure home

Have your roof inspected periodically for any damage caused by storms, wear and tear, or accumulated debris. Clearing leaves and debris from your gutters will prevent water build-up and potential problems. Take preventative measures to minimise pest activity within your home and seal potential entry points around windows and doors, consider professional pest control services if needed.

As temperatures dip, prepare your home for winter to avoid potential issues. Drain and disconnect hoses from faucets to prevent freezing and pipe bursts and consider covering exposed pipes with insulation for added protection.

Last but not least, safety first! Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace batteries as needed. These devices are crucial for your safety and peace of mind.

Maintaining your appliances

Don’t forget about your major appliances! Give your refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher a quick check-up periodically. Clean vents and coils to ensure proper operation and prevent overheating. Refer to user manuals for specific care instructions for each appliance.

Maintaining a consistent cleaning routine throughout the year is also essential. This includes vacuuming carpets, dusting surfaces, and cleaning windows to improve overall air quality and aesthetics within your home.

By following these simple maintenance tips, you can ensure your beautiful home stays beautiful for many years to come. Remember, a little preventative care goes a long way in protecting your investment and ensuring a comfortable, safe environment for your family. If you are on the hunt for your new forever home to take pride in and keep beautiful, have a look at our current developments. Or get in touch with our team to speak about what house is the perfect fit for you.

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