Regular Checkups
Why not have a checklist of things you need to inspect regularly and fix when necessary, both inside and outside your home?

Regular checkups

Routine maintenance pays dividends in the long run. As with your body or your car, regular checkups are very important as they can detect small issues that can be rectified before they become serious.

Here are some of the important areas of the home together with what should you look for.

Regular Checkups









Inside
  • Test all alarms, especially smoke alarms, and change batteries if required.
  • Make sure your drains are running freely. Check traps and waste pipes and then check the main water line and shutoff.
  • Inspect the house for any damp spots. Rising damp can be a major problem if  left unchecked.
  • Make sure handrails and posts on stairways are secure. Replace when necessary.
  • Check water hoses to and from the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Check that all shower heads are working properly. Flow can be restored in most cases by soaking the head in vinegar to remove mineral deposits.
  • Check electrical outlets and extension cords. Make sure they are not overloaded.
  • Examine electrical cords to make sure they're not damaged or placed under rugs.
  • Install ground fault circuit breakers.
  • Check that the caulking around baths and sinks is intact.
 
Regular Checkups









Outside
  • Check gutters and make sure they are flowing. Clean them of leaves and twigs. This is especially important in bushfire prone areas.
  • Check the flashing around the chimney or skylight. Make sure the seals are secure.
  • Check that the roof tiles are intact and water tight.
  • Check for vermin and other wildlife nesting in the house (most often the roof or under the house).
  • Lubricate garage door hardware and hinges.
  • Fill and seal driveway cracks when necessary.
  • Check all outside lights are working, especially security lights.
  • Check all locks are working effectively.
  • Check that the hot water system is working properly.
  • If you have a chimney, it should be inspected and cleaned annually, especially if it vents a woodstove or fireplace. Creosote built up inside the flue can ignite and cause a chimney fire.
  •   Check the decking for signs of deterioration and replace timbers as required.


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