Regular home maintenance is the only way homeowners canexpand the lifespan of their homes, ensure safety and preserve their property’s value. In addition, it is a way to prevent costly home repairs as it helps to fix small issues before they develop into major ones. Experts recommend that homeowners undertake home maintenance before and after every season.
However, such projects depending on the scope of work can be very expensive. Even though there are several DIY home maintenance projects you can do, you cannot do everything by yourself. Projects like roof repair require professionals like Piedmont Roofing to care for your roof needs. As a roofing expert puts it “When it comes to Frederick County roof repair, Piedmont Roofing is the surest bet for homeowners in and around Virginia.”
Many other home maintenance projects require heavy investment. Averagely, homeowners spend around $4000 each year on maintenance work. So, how can homeowners be financially prepared for their quarterly or yearly home maintenance? Here are some effective ways to save enough for the next project.
While our homes are places where we should feel the safest and most comfortable, it’s true to say that even they need a little maintenance once in a while. Even the most experienced homeowner can be taken unaware by issues that crop up from time to time, and will be able to tell you that good housekeeping means paying attention, and often, keeping up with the little tasks so that they don’t turn into major problems.
If you think gutter maintenance is just an additional and unnecessary expense, you might want to think again. Below are some of the things that can happen, which are actually more costly than gutter maintenance itself:
After impatiently waiting for lock down to get over , the UK government has prolonged the lockdown again. We know it’s a hard time to wait and is making many of us lose our patience. This is not a punishment but the government only wants our lives to be safe and that we do not get attacked by the virus.
Living in Yorkshire you might have realised that it is not doable sitting home for months. Many of us need to get out of our houses to do essential grocery or even getting medicines. To go out for such chores during this time is very risky but we can still do it with less risk by taking all precautionary and safety measures like wearing proper masks and keeping our distance.
We just not only have to make sure that we are safe but also the cars we sit in to reach our destinations are also safe and secure during this time.
No one wants to go through the hassle of car breakdown if he/she is on the street to get grocery or important medicine right now. There are few things listed below to keep your car fit to drive in this lockdown.
Take proper care of battery
Pandemic has made all of us use our vehicles as little as possible. This eventually causes few components that give power to the car , getting corrosive or losing their power. One such component installed in the car is its battery.
At times when you are trying to start your car it shows glitches while starting. This can be due to your battery getting flat. If you are less frequently using your vehicle there is a high probability that proper electric current is not reaching the battery hence causing it to lose its power overall. To overcome such a situation you need to give your car a start twice every week for as less as 10 minutes. In this way your car battery will be getting enough charging to avoid it getting flat.
Take tyre pressures levels into account
Letting your vehicle stand for a longer period of time in the garage can cause the balanced amount of air pressure in tyres to go loose and resultantly showing signs of tyre puncture. To avoid such a situation at this point in time , you should regularly check the pressure in your tyres with proper measuring gauges. In case you feel it has under inflated, you can use tyre pressure gauges to insert ample air pressure in them to make them roadworthy or if you think that your tyres have completely deteriorated you can replace it with quality tyre by contacting tyre garages near your location. If you are looking for a tyre replacement you can buy tyres at Ossett Tyre House website & avail branch fitting or mobile fitting on friendly prices. You can call them here too (01924271081)
Cleaning your car inside out
At this time many of you have nothing to do and want to kill this time by doing something productive, well we have a solution for that too! You can use your free time in making sure that your vehicle is clean from any unnecessary dirt or dust particles by washing it using clean water and antibacterial detergents. This will not only make your vehicle look visually clean and spotless but also will keep it safe from entering of unwanted viruses. Check out Good Car Keeping on the step by step to deep cleaning your car
We hope that you utilise your time in making sure you follow the above precautionary steps to keep your vehicle safe. The next time you go out to get groceries you won’t be facing any car breakdowns after following the above steps.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m quite headstrong, which means that I don’t like deferring to other people if there’s something I can do myself. Sure, I ask for help with the bigger things which are beyond my skill-set but there’s plenty of things I do by myself, including certain areas of car maintenance. Youtube is a great source for videos on how to do things yourself and I thought I’d give you an insight into things I do myself, especially before an MOT!
Ensuring that your wiper blades fully clear your windscreen is really important from a safety point of view and is something they’re hot on during an MOT. Changing them yourself is surprisingly easy and most models of car have blades with just clip off and on. It’s very simple to do and will save you a labour cost if you take them to a garage.
Bulbs are another area where you can possibly fail an MOT so checking them before you take your car in can save you money. Buying from a local autoparts store, bulbs will set you back under a couple of quid each but more unscrupulous garages will charge four or fives times what they pay for them wholesale.
Topping Up Fluids
Checking your oil is something that most people remember to do, but it’s important to keep your radiator, screen wash, brake fluid and power steering fluid topped up too. They’re all available to buy quite cheaply and checking a diagram of what’s going on under your bonnet will show you where each of them is supposed to go – just don’t get them mixed up!
Believe me, as a mum to two messy kids who spends a lot of time in the car, I know how messy things can get and it’s always tempting to drop it off at a valeting centre and take yourself off for a cup of coffee, but doing it yourself can save you a bunch of money. Get the kids involved with washing and hoovering the interior and they might think twice before messing it all up again!
Do you do your own car maintenance or is this something that you’ll happily pay a little extra for someone else to do? Leave me a comment below!