What You Need to Replace in your Home every Decade

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We all know how much work it is to keep our homes looking their best. With the long list of daily and weekly chores, it’s no wonder the bigger jobs tend to go neglected for longer than they should. However, there is a list of areas in the home that need attention every ten years in order for your home to be properly maintained. These 10-year jobs are just an important as the everyday jobs to ensure that your home not only looks great but to ensure that it doesn’t need major renovations later on down the road.

 

Get the Paintbrushes Out

 

Blow the cobwebs off your paintbrushes as it’s time to get to work on giving your home the quickest, easiest and most effective facelift possible in your home. A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to modernize tired and tatty looking rooms and bring your home back to its former glory. Paint gets really dirty over the years and the only way to remedy this is to give it a fresh lick of paint. Re-painting the rooms in your house is not expensive and you can do it yourself, meaning you don’t need to pay for hired help. You can think about new color schemes in your home to make it look unique, fresh and a more enjoyable space to be in.

 

Roof

 

Roofing experts recommend that homeowners replace the roof on their homes every ten years. Roofs can take a real battering from the outdoor elements so it is really important to keep them in peak condition so as to avoid much bigger and more expensive problems.

 

If it’s been awhile since you last looked at your roof, get a roofing expert over to your house to take a look at the state of your roof. Learn about Dennis and Sons Roofing or a local company in your area that will be able to come and look at any sagging roofs or leaks and will then be able to advise you on the next steps necessary to protect your roof and therefore your entire home. There are many tell-tale signs that you can look for to see if you are ready for a replacement, such as water trails under the roof area and light entering through cracks in the roof. So keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs that your roof needs immediate attention. Replacing your roof every ten years means you can avoid having to do emergency jobs, as and when necessary, and instead, can enjoy the comfort that comes with knowing your roof is always in peak condition.

 

Plumbing

 

Plumbing bills can really creep up on us when we least expect them and they can really sting. Therefore it is recommendable to replace the plumbing in your home around every ten years. You can either replace the entire plumbing system or you can just replace the exposed pipes. Calling in a plumber and asking what is the best option for your home and then getting an estimate is the way to go, as unfortunately, this is not a job you can take on yourself.

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Which Home Tasks Should You Never DIY?

Home maintenance is one of the dullest things on the planet. It’s a lot of work and effort, all for the sake of returning something to the state it ideally would have already been in. It’s one thing to embark on home projects that are going to improve your home, but it’s quite another to waste an afternoon just returning things to normal.

 

What is possibly worse is the idea of having to spend money on home maintenance. It’s bad enough that it’s boring, but when it actually costs money? Money you could otherwise spend on literally anything else, because it’d probably be more entertaining? It’s not tempting.

 

Maybe that’s why so many people pick up a drill, watch a few YouTube videos, and then proceed to throw themselves into a task they really don’t understand. There’s nothing wrong with the effort itself; wanting to be competent at DIY is fairly necessary if you’re going to run a house without spending a fortune on repairs.

 

However… there are some things you really should leave to the pros. For example…

 

Are You An Electrician? If Not, Electrics Aren’t For You

 

There’s pretty much nothing in the home that will kill you dead with the speed and force of electricity. Go poking where you don’t understand and the results could be catastrophic. Yet for some reason, people still throw themselves into big electric tasks like rewiring or installing complex new light fittings.

 

There is a tendency for people to think that if they turn the electrics off while they do the work, then there’s no possible harm. That might be the case in the short term, but what about the medium and long term? Turning the electrics off in the moment isn’t going to prevent faulty wiring from causing a fire in the future.

 

No Plumbing Qualification? Then No Pipes For You

 

Plumbing doesn’t have the same immediate threat that working with electricity can have, but it can still be catastrophic. This is especially true if you do anything with the water heater; the mishandling of which could easily result in carbon monoxide poisoning for the whole family. Some people do still charge in there, though; determined to fix faults with water pumps or to valves, sure that it’s only a small job so why should they pay someone to do it?

 

There’s a reason people have to train to handle gas safely – because it’s dangerous. No matter how easy the job sounds, going near your water heater is a job you should definitely skip.

 

Not A Roofer? Then Stay On Ground Level

 

Finally, another one for the immediate threat file. If you’re not used to working with heights, then barrelling in to fix that leaking tile could be potentially catastrophic. Even the professionals – with all their years of expertise – have a shockingly high number of falls and deaths as a result of falling from roofs.

 

Of course, you want your home to tick over as it should – but you should definitely prioritize keeping yourself alive and well above all else.

 

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