It seems strange to say, but there are pros and cons to being stuck inside for days on end. On the one hand, it’s not fun to be forced to do anything. Add to this the threat of a virus, and you can see why some people are finding it a very challenging time.
On the other hand, you have more time to spend with your family. I know a lot of people are cherishing these moments as they wouldn’t have them otherwise. Plus, you also have time to do some of the endless tasks you’ve probably neglected for years on end. With that in mind, here are some essential home maintenance tasks to do while you’re stuck at home:
Clean the gutters
When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? If your answer is anything other than ‘never’, then you’re a better homeowner than most! Think about it, have you ever seen your neighbours cleaning their gutters? I never see it, and it’s probably because we all just neglect to do it.
The issue is that your gutters are probably clogged full of leaves and debris that prevent proper draining. So, when it rains, water doesn’t run through them properly and can spill over onto your roof and maybe find its way through to your attic. Plus, clogged gutters look disgusting! Get outside and start clearing away the debris. You can clear your gutters on a ladder or on the floor. I recommend the floor, purely for safety reasons.
Check your boiler
Boilers supply your home with some much-needed heat. They tend to last for many years, but a damaged or old boiler can become highly inefficient. This means you end up spending a fortune on your energy bills or going without hot water. Your boiler may be on its last legs, but you haven’t found the time to check it. Now, there’s no excuse!
Look at your boiler and search for any telltale signs of issues. Warning lights are a key indication, as are strange rattling sounds coming from the inside. There is also a pressure gauge that you should pay attention to. Hopefully, your boiler displays the ideal pressure by way of a green line on the gauge. This is typically between 1 and 2. Any lower or higher and you have problems that need to be sorted. Now, the average cost of a Worcester Bosch Boiler is around a couple of thousand pounds. It’s a significant investment, but a new boiler can help you save money on your future energy bills. Thus, you have to be wary of any boiler issues to know if it’s time to replace yours or not. A quick check-up will tell you what you need to know.
De-weed the garden
How many of you have gardens that look more like weed havens than actual gardens? I see a few hands in the air, and I sympathise. Having a back garden is seen as essential for anyone with kids. It’s a key feature as it gives your children somewhere to play safely outdoors. Over time, you start to neglect the garden. You try your best – the lawn gets mowed during the summer – but all the weeds and other plants continue to grow. It reaches the point where there’s too much to do, which makes it easier to put off this task.
Well, you can’t use that as an excuse anymore. Head out into your garden and get your hands green and dirty. Start pulling up weeds and trimming all the overgrown areas. Funnily enough, gardening is a great lockdown activity to pass the time. The kids could get involved as well – get them to pull the little weeds or ask them to pick up the debris and put it in your garden waste bags. Be sure they’re wearing gloves to protect their hands if you do employ them!
Clean the windows
This is something I’m guilty of avoiding all the time. Your windows can become so filthy if you neglect to clean them. The biggest problem is that they need cleaning both inside and out. Fair enough, the outer side of your windows are subjected to rain, wind, and other debris. So, I can see how they get so dirty. I cannot fathom how the inside gets just as dirty. I don’t touch my windows at all, yet they still get dirty!
As a consequence, the thought of cleaning every window both inside and out is too much to handle. It gets put on the backburner with all the other tasks you’ll get round to when there’s time. Well…there’s finally time. It’s not a fun task, but start cleaning all your windows. Again, you can use a ladder outside, but it’s far safer to get a telescopic cleaning pole instead. That will be the hardest part – cleaning the inside windows is much easier. Perhaps get your partner or another adult in your home to help by cleaning inside while you clean outside. This way you get the work done in half the time.
Throw out your junk
I’ve saved the worst task for last – getting rid of all your junk. No doubt your attic or garage is filled with empty boxes and other things that just get thrown there because you don’t know what to do with them. At the time, you tell yourself these things will only be placed there temporarily. As time goes on, you forget about them or put off sorting through it all.
No more. It has to stop! Sort through all of your junk items that you’ve been hoarding away for months or years. For boxes and packaging leftover from Christmas or birthdays, you can recycle them curbside. For other items that you might want to donate or give away, hold onto them until it is safe to do so. After doing this, you’ll be stunned at how much extra space you have in your garage, attic, and throughout your home.
There you go; five home maintenance tasks that you can do while locked in at home. You’ve put them off for years, and now’s the time to finally address them!
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