After buying property, it is always prudent to make sure you can effectively maintain the property to get the best value out of it. Many people simply assume that the care of a home starts and ends at general cleaning and changing a few light bulbs. This is not true and every home owner should know some of these simple tips that can help them keep their homes in their best possible condition throughout the year.
Most of these tips are actually DIY and anyone with basic technical skills can do them even without professional training.
When the winter comes and goes, many things also happen besides the changes in temperatures that everyone knows about. There is often a lot of damage that can happen as a result of the changing temperatures. The freezing temperatures often affect pipes and water in the homes and that leads to leakages that can result in further damage to the home. If you live in Chicago and you have a home that you value, taking necessary precautions before and during winter can help you overcome the common problems that many people experience. Remember to wrap your pipes in an insulating material and to leave the taps at a very slow drip. Leaving your home empty without securing crawl spaces and attics from animals is something you should take precautions against. Birds and some wild animals such as rodents and snakes tend to like empty houses and they can cause a lot of damage in a short time.
To make sure your home isn’t damaged, make sure you have measures in place to prevent intruding rodents and birds or even reptiles from invading your home.
If your home is occupied, most home invading animals will not enter. If not, make a point of visiting frequently and put up wire mesh screens near vent covers and entry points. To keep reptiles and other crawling things at bay, make sure your home is well lit so that the natural light is visible from the inside. Most reptiles and rodents as well as bats, which are the most notorious home destroyers, do not like well-lit environments.
Mold is another major problem especially when you are dealing with walls and floors.
The type of mold effects on your wall will largely depend on the way your wall was constructed. Many homes in the Indiana areas as well as other parts of Chicago have walls that have been enhanced to make sure the mold does not seep out of the walls to cause damage. The good news is that you can always do these repairs personally. In case you need handy tools, you can always rely on hardware stores for the tools you need and the information to repair just about anything.