If you’re looking to spruce up your home and make some upgrades that can refresh its style, then you might also want to consider which changes are going to be some of the most practical you can make, as well. If you find yourself shelling out for replacements, repairs, and other maintenance costs, perhaps you should look at why your home is so expensive to upkeep.
To answer that, we’re going to look at some of the most common sources of wear, tear, and the expenses that follow.
Protect your home from your furniture
Your furniture is as much a part of the home as anything else is, of course. However, your furniture can also do damage to other parts of the home if there aren’t any buffers. Furniture is typically heavy, meaning that it can, for instance, damage the floors by sagging down into them or leave scuffs and scratch marks. Rubber buffers beneath the furniture can help reduce the damage it’s likely to do, just as the placement of a stop behind them can stop them from banging back into the walls, too.
Durable materials make a difference
When it comes to things like flooring, wall decor choice, and surfaces, then so long as it looks decent, you might typically opt for only the cheapest options. However, that’s a big mistake if you’re looking to prevent expensive wear and tear. Instead, options like vinyl flooring and walls can still be cost-effective, but they also count as an investment into a much more durable home. Look for materials that are stain proof, scratch-resistant, less likely to warp over time and the like.
Keep circulation and heating strong
One of the most important factors in how the home ages is moisture. The more moisture, the more that materials are going to warp and degrade over time. As such, you should aim to keep moisture levels relatively low. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in decent home ventilation. However, drastic temperature changes in the house can result in the fast movement of moisture, as well, so you should aim to keep the temperature fairly consistent, even when you’re not in the home.
Provide routine maintenance for your appliances
Many of the biggest home expenses come whenever an appliance such as your boiler or central heating breaks down. The single best way to prevent this is to make sure that you’re working with a professional heating engineer. Having them come out at least once a year to check over your system can make sure there are no major lingering issues, preferably before winter so you don’t have any issues during the coldest months of the year. If they recommend a schedule for planned maintenance, it’s usually worth investing in.
All homes need some maintenance and there’s no such thing as a fixture or feature that won’t need to be replaced someday. However, you can make sure that day is a long way off, still, with the above tips.