It can be fun to do DIY projects and home improvement. However, when the topic turns to repairs and maintenance, the discussion is seldom any fun. Besides from being financially tolling, repair works are time-consuming. And if, god forbid, the mechanical malady, disorder or the broken item is complicated, you will have to rely on mechanics and specialists which is even more time and money consuming.
So, to help avoid all of that fuss, we’ve prepared a list of five tips that can help you minimize repair and maintenance costs in the future!
Be one step ahead
It’s always beneficial of being your own house’s groundskeeper and manager. If you know about the things and processes that are going on, you are bound to identify problems before they become a handful. For example, if you live in an old building or on the ground floor, excess dampness & condensation could become an issue. It’s one of the most relentless and hardest to get rid off problems that people face. It takes proper knowledge, preparation and right technical measures to eliminate it. Keen to know more? Read this article and watch the video at the end to get to know ins and outs of condensation in homes. And that’s just the beginning. There’s also a whole lot of other areas that you can focus on!
Know the weak spots
Just as with the last tip, always try to keep everything in control. It’s the law of life – the second you relax too much, one-by-one, the problems will keep adding on. By encouraging you to understand the weak spots of your home we cheer homeowners to understand the environment they’re living in and list the areas which could cause trouble in the future. For example, a wooden home should be always protected from pests and that sort of thing. Try to find out about the insulation, choice of materials in the roof, the floor, the walls and how well the doorknobs are fitted. If you do know the primary weak spots in your accommodation, you are bound to always appear before the problem becomes too large to handle.
Avoid one of a kind stuff
If you have a glass chandelier, or just entered into shrewd negotiations over a handcrafted 125-year-old chair made from walnut timber, but do not have deep pockets, we recommend that you stay out of it. One of a kind products and systems are difficult and of course, expensive to maintain. However, if you do want luxuriously looking items without having to lose sleep over maintenance worries, act smart. Something like Shou Sugi Ban – wood décor that has been charred using an Ancient Japanese technology, is durable and long-lasting with premium looks. Burnt or charred wood siding is great option if you want better looking wood and a richer wooden texture in your home. More profound colours spell ‘lavishness’, but are not too expensive or difficult to maintain whatsoever.
Choose quality over quantity
This is a pretty generic, but a useful tip nonetheless. Sometimes people decide to get more of a particular material, more cabinets, more flowers in the home, more windows, more, more and more of everything. This isn’t the right mindset to have. Minimalism prevails in the modern world. You shouldn’t be hell-bent on getting the most things and the most details. In your own home, you should be focused on having the best that you can get without overcrowding. This way you’ll have things with the most longevity and thus, reduce future maintenance and repair costs!
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