A neglected house will soon show signs of wear and tear, but if you can recognise and address any problems quickly, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run.
Some homes are easier to look after than others but a tatty house stands out a mile in a row of well looked after properties. It indicates a general air of neglect and if you are trying to sell your home, potential buyers will certainly be put off or at least try and pay less for it. Looking after your home needn’t be hard to work and you can do a lot of jobs yourself to make sure it’s a warm, cosy and efficient place to enjoy.
Keep on top of it and regularly run your eyes over >potential trouble spots, then act quickly if something looks as though it needs attention. Of course you should never attempt any job if you have any concerns that you might not be able to carry it out safety and properly.
The ‘To Do’ list
* Roofs – Check the roof for any missing or damaged tiles or cracks in the felt if you have a flat roof.
* Gutters – Check the gutters and downpipes for any damage and clear away leaves or debris that could cause blockage.
* Drains – Lift the cover and make sure there is no debris blocking drainage channels and that water is running freely.
* Damp course – Look for signs of damp on low level brickwork. Any problems can easily be remedied.
* brickwork – Cracked brickwork and crumbling pointing can cause all sorts of problems if left alone, so you must get it repaired.
* Paintwork – Look for signs of peeling paint and check woodwork for signs of rot. As a rule of thumb, exterior woodwork will need repainting every three or four years.
* Chimney stacks – Check for cracks in the brickwork or pointing and any signs of damp.
* Fences – Mend and treat your fence with a wood preservative.
* Draught-proofing – Letterboxes, doors and windows are the first place to check.