If you own a home, looking after it properly is essential. If you don’t, then it could lose value and even become a burden by the time you come to sell.
The problem is that most of us don’t have time to do boring chores. We spend most of our weeks at work, desperately beavering away in the hope that, somehow, by the end of it all, we will have more time.
Funny – it doesn’t usually work out that way does it?
Check out these weekend chores you can’t ignore:
Pressure-Washing Your Drive
If you leave your driveway unattended for a couple of years, it’ll start to degrade. Eventually, plants, weathering and insects will break it down to the point where it looks like a shadow of its former self.
To prevent this, invest in a pressure washer. This way, you can clean up all the surface gunk regularly and prevent it from drilling deeper down into the paving stones and gaps between them. If you don’t want to invest in a machine upfront, you can always rent or hire professionals periodically. This way, you can avoid having to replace your driveway every five years.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Failing to deal with gutter clutter is another major issue. If your guttering system doesn’t work, water will spill over the edge and get into your masonry and foundations during rainstorms. And this can actually compromise the structural integrity of your house.
Fortunately, cleaning out gutters is relatively easy. All you need is a ladder and a pair of gloves. Again, if you’re not confident doing this yourself, you can hire a handyman to do it for you.
Clean Up Spills
Don’t allow spills to fester. If you do, they’ll wind up ten times worse than if you just deal with them at the first opportunity.
Wipe Down The Bathroom
When you want a lazy Saturday, it can be tempting to ignore the bathroom. After all, after a week or so, it still looks okay.
However, you don’t want to fall into this trap. If not cleaned regularly, bathrooms are at high risk of black mold, particularly on grouting, and this can be almost impossible to remove.
Clean Out Your Oven
Most people leave their ovens for months on end without cleaning them. And that’s a problem. Food debris becomes ingrained and eventually sticks so hard to the metal that you need industrial cleaning products to remove it.
Don’t let this happen. Every week, quickly wipe the inside of the oven to remove any blacked residue. To prevent food from dripping down and sticking to the bottom, lay a removable drip tray which you can then wash separately in your dishwasher or by hand.
Paint Your Window Frames
Lastly, regularly painting your window frames is another annoying but necessary weekend chore. If you don’t do it, the wood will eventually degrade and you’ll wind up having to replace the entire unit. Repaint them about once per year in the spring when the weather gets a little warmer.