Creating the perfect home is an aspiration that so many people share.
We all spend a lot of time, money, and effort making our homes just right, from the color scheme to the furniture, but keeping them looking their best is easier said than done.
Far more is needed than a bit of cleaning and some handyman maintenance if you want to keep your home in the best possible shape.
From making sure your home stays clean to keep it free of pests, you need to address every potential issue systematically.
To help everyone create and maintain the perfect place to live, here are 4 tips to help you take better care of your home.
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Let us get down to it;
Implement an Efficient Cleaning Routine
The simplest way to look after your home is to make sure that it stays clean. It is far easier to clean a little bit every day or two than to do a major top to bottom clean once a week because dirt and dust will have less time to settle.
Draw up a cleaning schedule with chores allotted to everyone who lives in your home. Some chores like making beds or washing the dishes need to be done every day while cleaning the bathrooms can be done once or twice a week to keep them fresh.
As some jobs are less pleasant than others (such as cleaning the toilets or unclogging the gutters) rotate these jobs so that it is not always the same person doing them.
Staying on top of cleaning duties will help keep your house spick and span so that you can easily notice any major issues. Make sure you always use the right products and cleaning equipment as this will make your whole house cleaning process a whole lot easier.
Some cleaning products have unpleasant chemicals so try and choose environmentally friendly options wherever possible. There are a lot of cleaning jobs, for example, which can be done effectively using only lemon juice and vinegar.
Take Pest Control Measures
A pest infestation can do a huge amount of damage so it is crucial that you take the appropriate measures to keep your home free of pests.
You can find out more about the best preventative solutions for stopping pests, but one of the best ways to keep them out is to make sure you clean up all traces of food straight away.
Cockroaches, ants, and rodents are always looking for an easy meal, and if they sniff one out in your home, it can be very hard to get rid of them.
Make sure you don’t even leave dishes in the sink unwashed or sweep crumbs under the refrigerator because this is enough to attract pets who will be in absolutely no hurry to leave.
If there are pests in your home, you may need to set traps or put down poison to get rid of them. Different pests require different solutions.
If you have cockroaches or ants then poison is usually the best solution but you don’t want a rat being poisoned and dying somewhere you can’t find them.
Set a humane trap so you can catch rodents and then take them far away from your home.
Check Your Pipes and Electrics
The guts and gizzards of your home (so to speak) are not only very important for keeping your family safe and comfortable, but they can also be very difficult to repair or replace.
For this reason, it is very important that you check your plumbing and electrical systems regularly to address any small issues before they become major problems.
Have a professional plumber check that there are no sections of pipe that are cracked and need replacing or you could end up with a leak in your home which causes major, costly, water damage.
Faulty electrics can not only affect your wallet, they can also be potentially very dangerous. Make sure that you have an electrician check the wiring in your home if there is any sign of an issue.
As well as potentially electrocuting someone, faulty electrics could also cause a fire so you need to make sure they are in good working order at all times.
If you don’t know what you are doing, you should never attempt to do any electrical work yourself. Call in the professionals because they will be able to do any repairs or maintenance safely.
Take Off Shoes in the House
This last tip is such a simple one but it can make such a difference to your home. No matter how often you clean the floors in your home, if people are wearing their shoes from outside, your floors are always going to be filthy on a level you can’t see.
The number of germs, bacteria, and other nasty stuff on the bottom of shoes really cannot be overstated, so take inspiration from the people in Asia, and ban shoes from your home altogether.
You will find that this means you need a good vacuum cleaner and mop far less regularly and that you never have any major grime on your floors.
Many people in the Western world may not be used to taking off their shoes inside but it is a great opportunity to invest in some comfy slippers or warm socks.
It may take a little time for your guests to get used to, but when they see the difference it makes to the cleanliness and hygiene of your home, you can bet your family and friends will soon all be doing the same.
We are all proud of our homes and we want to keep them in the best shape possible.
You need to make sure that all of your home’s systems and infrastructure are up to scratch and that there are no issues with pests making themselves comfortable.
Creating the perfect home doesn’t need to take a lot of effort or money as long as you have a great plan.
Follow these 4 tips and they will help you to take perfect care of your home.