If you’ve just bought a new house, likely you have some idea of what it takes to keep it maintained and looking good. But do you? Here are some skills that you should know if you are a homeowner.
1. Repairing an unstable fence. If you’ve got a post for your fence that gives when you touch it or moves with the wind, it’s a good idea to secure it. If the fence is really old and most of the boards are flimsy or rotten, replacing the fence is your better option. Research online about how to go about it or hire a professional to the job. If you have a friend that knows how to install a new fence, consult with him or maybe he can lend you a hand building a fence on a weekend. For temporary fixing, you can buy what’s called a U-post which is a metal insert that can act as a stabilizer for an unstable fence post. All you have to do is insert it into the dirt next to the unstable post about two feet. Then attach the U-post to the fence post for stability.
2. Painting rooms in your house. You’ll likely get bored with the same paint color after a few years in the same house. It’s good to know how to repaint rooms properly so you’ll save time and money. You’ll need some angled paintbrushes for cutting and rollers for big walls. Good prep work is the most important part of the job. Cover all furniture to protect them from paint splatters. Dust and vacuum the rooms you’ll be painting in. Use painter’s tape to border the glass panes in windows to prevent them from getting painted on. It’s good to paint the trims and borders of rooms first. After that, you can start painting corners and areas around the trim. Finally, do the big surface areas. You’ll likely need two coats of paint minimum for a good paint job. If you’re using red paint, that will take more coats than other colours. For some paint jobs like new wall paint, you’ll likely need to use a primer first before the final coats of paint.
3. Cleaning. We mean thorough cleaning. For cleaning, it’s great to start from top to bottom. Dust ceilings with dry rags or feathered brushes. Get a long stick and attach a duster to it to clean high ceilings and hard to reach corners. Dust the walls and for areas with marks use magic erasers to get marks off. Just be gentle with the magic eraser because it can remove paint from the walls if rubbed too hard. For greasy hand marks, use a damp cloth to remove them. To clean inside closets and cupboards, have boxes or plastic tub containers to put contents of cupboards and closets in first. Then wipe down the inside of cupboards and closets with disinfectants or cleaners. For windows, remove the panes if able. Wash the screens out with soapy water to remove grime from the screen and rinse gently until all the soap is gone. Vacuum and wipe out the borders of the window sill. Finally, vaccum or sweep the floors. Use a damp mop with cleaner to disinfect and get grease off the floors. If you have rugs, vacuum and steam clean to disinfect the rugs. Area rugs should be vacuumed washed if possible. Hire cleaners to do your deep cleaning if you can’t do it yourself.
4. Maintaining the roof. Usually this gets neglected as we don’t often think of our roofs. It’s good to do a check up on the roof once in a while before there appears to be any damage visible. If you see any missing roof tiles, replace those right away as storms can allow water in which can lead to moisture being trapped then mould growth afterwards. If you see any leaks in your attic, find the source of the leakage and patch it right away. If your roof is heavily damaged and patch jobs just won’t cut it, hire professionals to install new roofing. Go to www.certifiedroofing.com.au for help with all your roofing needs.