Maintaining your property
For many, maintaining a property can be a fun and rewarding experience. What might start out as a basic bit of DIY (do it yourself) can turn into a fully fledged hobby that sees you use your skills not only for your own property but for friends and family as well.
There are different ways you can maintain your property, although when it comes to the exterior of your building you may have to comply with local laws. This will be covered later on in this hub.
For those with some or a modest level of plumbing experience, it should be relatively straight forward for you to carry out simple maintenance tasks around the home. Such examples of this include bleeding radiators which usually can be quite a messy job.
However, thanks to the widespread use of YouTube and the plentiful supply of plumbing videos on the popular video sharing site, anyone can try and carry out this task themselves without having to call in a plumber to do it for them.
Other simple plumbing jobs that you can carry out around the house to save you some money would be installing new taps. Again, this is fairly straightforward process presuming that you take your time and don’t rush it. It would also be advisable to turn off the water before you carry this task out. Much like bleeding a radiator, you should be able to find a plentiful supply of videos on YouTube to help you carry out this task regardless of what kind of type you currently have and the type you want to install next.
Painting a house can be one of the most rewarding DIY jobs that you’ll carry out. However, it can also be extremely frustrating if you do not follow the basic rules of all paint jobs. Much like you’d clean your face before applying makeup, before you think about painting a wall it is highly recommended that you clean the walls first, as well as putting down protective flooring covers.
There is no need to use a fancy cleaning agent to do this. A bucket of tepid water with a small amount of washing up liquid would suffice to get the walls clean. By doing so it will remove any contaminants on the wall that may have built up over time, as well as dust that would have settled on it.
It’s also recommended that before starting the painting that you mask off any areas that you don’t want the paint to come into contact with. Once the painting is finished, the masking tape should be removed right away, otherwise dried paint could come away with the tape, thereby ruining your finish.
A primer will also need to be applied to before you start painting, and once this is dry you can either apply your layer of paint, be it matt (a duller paint) or gloss (shiny). Normally two or three coats of this paint will suffice to give you an even coat.
If it is walls you are painting, it is recommended that you use a roller instead of a brush since the latter will leave brush lines. However in situations such as banisters which are much more intricate, it is recommended that a small brush is used rather than a smaller roller since this will give you a lot more control over the paint and thereby improving the final finish.
Windows can actually be a pretty hard thing to maintain yourself and this is one of the situations that, unless you’re a skilled joiner, you should get someone in to do it for you. Also, in some parts of the world, certain buildings are regarded as ‘listed’.
What this means is that due to the age of the building, you are unable to change the outward appearance of it, without express permission from the local council government. Even in areas whereby there is no such legislation in place, it has been known in the past that when someone has decided to install new windows in an old building that deviates from the original design, other people in the area have complained to the local planning department. In situations like this, it isn’t uncommon for them to decree that the newly installed windows that deviate from the old design are removed so that a more original design can be used instead.
An example of contemporary windows would be wood sash windows that are popular in the much older parts of London. Thankfully, it is now possible to get wooden sash windows that not only fit in with the original aesthetics of the building, but are also incredibly energy efficient.
If you are planning on carrying out any work on your windows or the exterior of your building, it would be prudent to ascertain whether or not there are any rules or regulations regarding this first. Doing so can save you not only a lot of money in the long haul, but hassle and heart ache as well in the event that your design is not compliant for that area.
This list is far from exhaustive, but it gives you an insight to the various ways you can start to maintain your property and keep the costs down. DIY in the home is an extremely fun thing to do. Just make sure that all work you do is within your own limits and that you adhere to rigorous health and safety measures at all times.
Whilst this is a way to help save you money and have fun, your own health comes first before any DIY job.