Giving your home a makeover

Human beings are always concerned about maintaining themselves. People go to gyms, buy new clothes and try out new diets. All in an effort to look good and function better. Just like it’s essential to maintain our health and fitness, similarly houses require the same amount of care and maintenance. Home repair involves finding the problems in a house and then finding solutions to resolve the same. There are different kinds of problems that can occur with a house. Some of these can be resolved by the homeowners themselves, involving simple modifications. Others could be more time-consuming and require professional help.

Types of home repair

There are primarily two kinds of repair and maintenance work associated with houses. The first kind is exterior home repair and the second is interior home repair.

Exterior home repair

This kind of home maintenance involves repairing outer home features including gutters, siding, painting, roofing etc. The best time to inspect your home for damage is during spring time. Do a spring inspection to see how your home has fared during the winter. Repairs would involve yard care to painting.

Interior home repair

As the title suggests, this has more to do with issues like basement dryness, waterworks include water heater, faucets and pipes, etc. It also includes garbage disposal, GFCI outlet functionality, electrical maintenance, etc.

Things to remember

While upgrading the features around the house, there are many things that can be done as diy projects. For that, however, some important factors have to be kept in mind. Here are some pointers.

Firstly, the tools for the projects have to be of a good quality. Please remember that while it is important to be cost effective, don’t be taken in by cheap priced tools. A lot of home improvement tools like handsaws, electric drills and hammers can actually be dangerous. So, buying low grade ones not only won’t get the job done well, but might land you at the emergency room.

Secondly, after buying the requisite tools make sure that they are handled and cared for accordingly. Make sure that moisture doesn’t get to your tools. Keep the metal parts coated with a thin layer of oil. Keep the tools in plastic wrap or have carpenters chalk or mothballs.

Use split garden hose to cover the teeth of the handsaw. Keep your tack rags stored in airtight containers. This safety tip also applies to any other materials like work overalls, gloves which are in danger of absorbing inflammable liquids.

Your tools should always be in good shape or they might cause more harm than good. Make sure your hammer doesn’t have a loose handle. Your power tools shouldn’t have frayed cords or you might get electrocuted.

Another important pointer is to never remove the safety guards from the tools that are being used.  For example, while using power equipment, it is vital to keep safety goggles on. Also, on a job that could produce flying pieces, you must protect your eyes using safety glasses. Also, any eye gear should wrap around the sides of your face.

The next thing on the list should be the ladder. You will need a good quality one around the house. While you could go in for either wood or aluminium, the latter is lighter and easier to carry around the house. For the house, a ladder with Type II strength and 6 feet length is the best.

It is important to ensure quality when the safety of your home and yourself is at stake.

About the author

David has been a Home Repair Coordinator (HRC) for the last 8 years. He has successfully led teams to oversee and evaluate the workings of many home repair projects. He lives with his wife and two sons and loves going to music concerts with his family. And he also suggests upvc door locks for better safety of your home