Every homeowner desires to live in a comfortable, safe, attractive space. Yet many of us leave simple home projects lingering. Getting a jump on home maintenance is important because it prevents more expensive home renovations later on, and it increases your property’s value. Also, home maintenance improves the safety of your home. Read on for a break down of simple home maintenance hacks for homeowners:
1. Fix scuffs and dents in flooring
Scuff marks and dents are common on laminate, hardwood and vinyl floors due to stains, drops, or friction. Banishing scuffs or dents depends on the type of flooring in your home. For example, wood floors are delicate and you do not need abrasive cleaners. Instead, using a tennis ball is an effective DIY trick to remove scuffs. Cut the ball and attach it to the end of a broomstick, then scrub with average pressure. Dents can be filed easily with a wood putty that’s sanded and covered in a matching oil-based stain.
2. Seal and fill foundation cracks
Small cracks in the foundation can lead to major structural damage—both inside and outside your home. Minor cracks grow over time and develop into major cracks due to pooling water near your home and soil movement. So, it is ideal for you to seal and fill foundation cracks early using epoxy sealer or silicone before more damage occurs. This will enhance the stability of your home.
3. Improve timeworn windows
Windows are the eyes of a home because they allow light into the house. If you close your window and still feel a draft of cold/hot airflow, that means the windows need fixing. Window maintenance is significant because it improves the durability of the windows. Research states that a new window can last up to 20 years with good maintenance. Also, when you repair your windows, you better curb the appeal of your home. The key DIY trick to refine your windows is regular inspections to check wear and tear, lubricating any sticky windows, and replacing ripped screen and broken window panes.
4. Clean dirt and mildew from siding
Siding plays a bigger role in protecting the exterior of your home from external factors—like water, mold, ice, and pests. Siding is victim to dirt and mildew over time because it’s the exterior of your home. Siding maintenance comes in handy to prevent harmful substances like mold and mildew from building up and causing rot. The easiest way to clean the siding of a house is by using a brush and vinyl siding cleaner soap a few times per year. This regular cleaning will increase the lifespan and functioning of vinyl or aluminum siding in the long run.
5. Prevent an expensive roof repair
Roof repair services have proven to be expensive if you rely on professional roofing companies. To avoid spending a lot of money for a total roof replacement sooner than later, you can maintain your roof as small problems arise. Keeping the gutters clean and working so that water drains away from your roof and foundation, clearing gutters and flat roofs of leaf debris every season, and trimming trees so branches don’t damage your shingles can go a long way in extending the life of your roof.
6. DIY driveway sealing
Most driveways in homes are concrete or asphalt. Products like epoxies, urethanes, and solids are good for sealing. Depending on how big the project is, you can do this maintenance to improve your home in just a day. After sealing the driveway, wait 24 hours then use a chemical cleaner to scrub the surface. Then wait a few days for it to dry before parking any cars.
7. Patch holes in drywall
Holes and cracks in your drywall damage the appearance of your home. You can solve this problem by using a drywall compound. Afterward, perform a little sanding and finish up with a painting or wallpaper of your choice.