Monday, December 19, 2016

Exterior Home Maintenance

Whether you are looking to sell or rent out your property, or you simply want to ensure that you get the greatest enjoyment from it, without repair and replacement bills stacking up any more than necessary, general maintenance is essential. However, the modern working life means that few of us have the time or inclination to really get down to many of these tasks, especially those that need doing outside the house. Hiring a handyman to complete these kinds of task means that you can avoid the high fees of landscape gardeners, joiners, and other professionals, while still enjoying a high quality and clean service.

The harsh winter conditions mean that the exterior of properties can become damaged. Left unchecked, though, minor repairs can become major problems, and something like a loose slate or minor damage to a window sill can become greatly magnified. Eventually you may need to pay for a full roof repair, or have to have the windows replaced. The sooner you act, the more likely you can prevent these huge bills, and by maintaining the exterior of the property, you can also help ensure that the interior does not become badly damaged in the process. Damp and wet can spread quickly, and only by ensuring that water is prevented from getting inside, can you really hope to ensure that you don’t suffer these kinds of problem. A routine inspection of the property exterior should identify any problems before you notice the symptoms inside, but even then it may not be too late.

Flaking paintwork is not only an eyesore, but it could be a signal or indication of a much greater problem. Exterior woodwork, metal, and other surfaces need to be treated regularly so that they do not succumb to rain, sun, and other weather conditions. While some paints contain treatment to help provide this protection, others act as a means of covering the treatment. Always consider whether a surface needs to be treated before paint is applied, and prepare the area properly before you begin painting, in order that your paintwork has a greater chance of lasting.

Garden maintenance is another important job. If weeds, plants, and trees become too overgrown, they can cause problems with walls, fences, ponds, and even the house itself, and an overgrown garden is never good to look at. Regular maintenance means that you will be less likely to have to undertake any massive jobs at any point, and this does mean that you will need to start putting the work in long before you can really enjoy the garden during the summer months, but it will be worth it in the end.

If you are looking to sell your property, or find tenants to move in, then curb appeal is one of the most important factors. Prospective viewers will drive away if they don’t like the look of the outside of a property, and buyers will be put off for fear of a huge undertaking, even though a property may only really require a little clean up outside.

Lancashire Handyman can help ensure that the exterior of your property is kept in the best possible condition. Enjoy a good looking garden, ensure that your home is treated and in good condition, and prepare your property ready for sale or to find tenants.

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