With homes being a huge investment to most, it’s important to keep up with essential maintenance habits in order to enjoy every aspect of your home. Additionally, if you are looking to sell your home in the future, taking care of it now will benefit you when it's time to sell. Here at Jackson Grundy Estate and Letting Agents, we have compiled a list of general maintenance habits that will help keep your home in tip-top condition.
According to a poll conducted by Saga, a garden is in the top three features that potential buyers are looking for, which makes garden maintenance a vital part of keeping up with your home. Whether you enjoy looking after your lawn or not, it’s safe to say it impacts the whole garden! If your lawn is in need of TLC, it can definitely bring the rest of your garden down if it’s overgrown or patchy.
Mowing your lawn plays a huge role in the maintenance of a healthy lawn, as it deters weeds and encourages thick grass to grow. It’s generally suggested that through the summer, you should mow twice a week. If your lawn is patchy, it’s best to plant new seeds in those areas. Simply water your existing lawn and sow your seeds, and expect grass seedlings to emerge within 7 to 21 days. For more gardening tips, check out one of our latest blog posts.
Checking the Boiler throughout the Year
If your boiler isn’t working efficiently, it’s likely to be costing you more money than it should, in addition to wasting energy. We rely on our boilers all year round, especially during the cold winter months, so it’s important to maintain your boiler. While an annual service should be undertaken by a professional, there’s regular maintenance checks that you can do. For example, keeping a lookout for new cracks, leaks and soot are all an indicator that something isn’t quite right. Additionally, flames should always be blue - never yellow or smoky, as this could be a sign that carbon monoxide is being produced.
If your boiler is looked after properly, it can last up to 15 years. Moreover, an inefficient boiler can be a major deciding factor for potential buyers, as they may have to factor in additional costs for a new one.
As reputable Estate Agents in the Northampton area, we know that kerb appeal can affect the selling of a property, as it’s usually the first thing potential buyers see. Simple things such as cleaning and repairing gutters and downpipes can really make a difference to the exterior of your property. Gutters that are misaligned or blocked can cause water to cascade onto brickwork, which can mark and damage the brickwork. This can result in patchy walls, with some even seeing damp and mould inside which can put off some potential buyers, as well as costing money to repair.
If the exterior of your property is looking a little worse for wear, external painting could be the solution that it needs. While a fresh lick of paint provides a new and well-maintained look to your home, it also provides many other benefits. Good quality exterior paint can provide an extra layer, which protects materials from harsh weather damage, insects and dust. Additionally, it can protect wooden cladding from rotting. This results in your home looking modern and well-kept for many years to come.
Jackson Grundy - Local Estate and Letting Agents in Northampton
We’ve been the leading estate and letting agents for the Northampton area for over 20 years, so it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about the importance of maintaining a home! With 11 branches across Northampton, we’re able to help clients from numerous locations, whether it’s for buying, selling or letting. We also pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service to all of our clients, with a friendly yet professional approach. If you’d like to find out more about how we operate here at Jackson Grundy, just give us a call on 01604 633122. Moreover, you can drop us an email where a member of our team will be in touch shortly.