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While we all love to just stay in and relax at home once in a while, we’re not always that good at taking care of our homes. It’s almost as if we take them for granted and, whenever something goes wrong, it’s hardly perceivable that it could have been prevented.
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Just like it is with everything else, your safe place will be able to take even better care of you when you manage to take care of it first. It doesn’t have to cost too much either and may, in fact, end up saving you quite a bit of money since you’ll avoid those costly repairs.
Here is a handful of great ways to make sure that your home is in tip-top shape at all times. It just makes it so much more likely that it will continue to stay in one piece, first of all, and you won’t have to worry about anything going wrong when you’re out of town either.
First: Make it storm-proof
A storm can definitely take a toll on the place you love the most and it’s not really ideal when you’re trying to stay warm and dry. The first thing you should do is also the most logical in terms of preparing your home for a storm; you have to make sure that the strong wind has no way of entering your home.
While it’s bad enough to have your front door blown out by the weather, it can actually cause a lot more damage to your home as the wind will funnel upwards and may even push your roof off if it’s strong enough.
You’ve been warned now so make sure that your entrance door and your windows are not just sealed off but also strong enough to withstand the pressure of the wind.
It could be a good idea to reinforce the hinges, for example, or add an extra bolt to the door where it meets the floor. If you’re preparing for a particularly strong storm, it’s a good idea to reinforce your entrance door with a steel sheet.
Another point to this is, of course, your garage door which is another entrance the outside world. If this is too weak, you risk seeing some proper damage to your vehicle so have a look at getting stronger garage doors if yours is rather outdated – or you could consider reinforcing this one as well.
Remember to prepare the outside of your home
As mentioned above, it’s important that you’ve hired someone to inspect your roof quickly or at least had a look at it yourself if you’re experienced with climbing these kinds of heights. It’s not just your roof which may go flying if it’s not strong enough, though, and you will need to take a walk around your yard to make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
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Garden furniture, for example, your kids’ toys and even that expensive BBQ you’ve covered up for the winter may either be damaged or end up damaging someone unless you take care of it. The key to this is, of course, to just be attentive and don’t leave a single bicycle behind as you prepare for the storm ahead.
If something is left unattended before a large rainfall or a major storm, you risk inviting the weather in – and you could be in for a large bill when you have a water leak inside your home. Take care of this sooner rather than later so that you can feel a bit more comfortable when you’re relaxing inside.
Next: Consider the inside air
A lot of places have really humid air, in general, and your home could easily suffer because of it. While one of the most common tips to get rid of humidity inside is to simply open to window and air it all out, it’s not really that easy when the outside world is just as humid – and you’re probably left wondering what to do next.
The first thing you should try to figure out is, of course, if it actually has a humidity issue. The growth of mould and mildew should be more than enough proof but you can also notice earlier signs by checking for condensation on your windows.
Get ahold of a dehumidifier to keep at home and try to find one with a UV light as well in case you’ve been having a mould problem. Getting rid of the mould is one thing but you also need to keep it at bay and get to the root of the problem.
If you’re worried about any other issues with the air quality besides from the humidity, you should, of course, remember to vacuum once or twice a week and keeping it clean, in general – but you can also get a few houseplants that are known for improving the air quality of homes.
Have a look at this article, for example, and pick the ones that thrive inside and help you out with filtering out all those nasty particles. The snake plant, in particular, is easy-going and will even survive in darker conditions.
Keep an eye out for pests
Another concern among homeowners is the dreaded pest problem. If it goes on for too long, you may not only have to evacuate your house so that professionals can attend to the issue – but you could end up with large structural damages to your home as well.
The best way to deal with this is, of course, to prevent the little creatures from getting in, to begin with. Just like you should when storm-proofing your house, it’s all about sealing off any entrances to the outside world; pay particular attention to the garage and the basement as you might have pipes and other ways that give the bugs easy access.
In case you’re worried that you may already have them, you can simply look for droppings around the house and keep your ears open for sounds. They may be small but they do make themselves noticeable when they hang around for long enough.