15 Dec 2014
Do you have guests coming over during the holidays and need to prepare the barbecue? Or maybe you have a few spare days off at home and want to get to all of those homes chores you’ve been putting off all year? Whatever the reason, you probably have a list of maintenance tasks to take care of over the holidays to help get your home into tiptop shape.
If you’ll be doing a bit of home maintenance this summer, then make sure you don’t forget to take care of the below:
- Check alarms – With the increased risk of bushfires over the summer it’s a good time to make sure that your smoke alarms are in working order. If you have home security alarms then these should be checked too, especially if you’ll be heading away from home for the holidays.
- Inspect air-conditioners and fans – If you haven’t already then you should inspect your air-conditioning unit and make sure it’s clean and free of debris. If you have ducted air-conditioning then it may require a professional servicing. Don’t forget to also go around the house and clean all of your ceiling fans with a damp rag to get rid of any dust.
- Clean the BBQ – The average Aussie barbecue tends to get a good workout over the holidays so make sure it’s ready for it. Head over to the Bunnings website for general tips on how to clean and maintain your barbeque.
- Take care of your deck – Check your deck for any signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking out. Your deck may also need a new coat of water-based oil, which will help protect it from the elements and keep it looking great.
- Wash all your windows – If you didn’t get around to washing your windows in your spring clean then now is the time to get onto it.
- Check flyscreens – Mozzies and other pests have a habit of sneaking in during the summer months so it wouldn’t hurt to check all of your flyscreens and patch up any big holes that you notice.
- Keep dirt out of the house – Summer storms can make the outdoors a muddy mess. To help prevent the dirt from getting in, simply place a welcome mat both inside your front door and outside (use a courser mat outdoors). If you want to prevent people from wearing their shoes inside then it’s also a good idea to place a shoe rack at the front of the house so people know where to place them.
After you’ve completed this list you’ll be able to sit back and relax, and your home will be ready to bring in the New Year!