You've had your house built, and it's all shiny and new. However, some of the elements that make up your home need regular maintenance to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Here's some advice on how to keep your home looking good.
Set up a maintenance schedule
The work that needs to be carried out regularly on the various items of equipment in your home is not all carried out at the same intervals. Drawing up a schedule ensures that you don't miss any maintenance phases and that you remember when you did the previous one.
The equipment of heating
As winter approaches, it's a good idea to check your heating equipment to make sure it's working properly when you turn it on again on cold days.
If you have a chimney or boiler, plan to have the flue swept at least once a year by a professional.
You are legally obliged to have your boiler serviced once a year, to avoid any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Before you switch them back on, remember to dust and bleed your radiators.
Sanitary and taps
Once a year, it's a good idea to check the condition of the seals in your bathroom and kitchen to make sure they're watertight. A thorough cleaning of the siphons is also advisable.
At least once a year, you should clean the air grilles and filters in your ventilation system.
A damaged roof puts the whole house at risk. That's why it's essential to have your roof inspected and your gutters cleaned once or twice a year. If they are clogged with leaves or other debris, they won't drain properly. You should also consider having your roof treated against moss.
Don't forget to look after the outside of your home by regularly repainting the woodwork and shutters (every two years) and the facades (every ten or fifteen years). Treat any rust spots on your metal parts with rust inhibitor. Finally, check that your smoke detectors are working properly several times a year.
This list is not exhaustive. Just remember that a house needs to be maintained if you want to keep its value and avoid costly repairs in the long run.