Property Maintenance Tips for First-Time Buyers

July, 2017

Regular property maintenance is the best way to ensure your new home stays looking (and feeling) like the home you fell in love with.

Below we’ve included an infographic with some helpful tips for keeping your home in tip-top shape. Remember, the sooner you fall into the habit of regular property maintenance, the better. Many common household issues, such as damp, blocked gutters and broken smoke detectors, can be prevented altogether with proper care.

Creating your own maintenance checklist

As we mentioned in the handy infographic above, it’s a great idea to create a personalised maintenance checklist for your home.

Each property has its own unique features and maintenance needs. For example, older properties might have wooden window frames that need inspecting on an annual basis. Don’t forget, newer properties still need a bit of TLC too though!

What to include

(Don’t feel overwhelmed. Most of the larger maintenance tasks only need to be carried out every 6-12 months!)

Here are some things you might want to include on your home’s maintenance checklist:

Interior

Plumbing: Check for small leaks and poor water pressure.

Grout: Check seals and grout in the kitchen and any bathrooms you may have.

Vents: Give any vents a good clean and check for blockages.

Carpets & curtains: Dust, debris and stale smells can collect throughout the year.

Deep clean: Aim to give your home a thorough clean every 6 months. This is a great opportunity to throw out clutter as well!

Exterior

Gutters: Check for blockages and clean out any debris that may lead to future blockages.

Roof: If you suspect you may have a leak or damage to your roof, consult an expert for advice. Don’t climb onto the roof unless you have safety equipment.

Garden: Clear out any dead plants or shrubs and check paths and fencing for damage.

Walls & windows: Check your brickwork and window frames for any cracks or damage.

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