We all love our homes to be cosy and comforting, but keeping them in shape whilst working and handling everyday responsibilities can be a chore, and it can often be difficult to be completely house proud when your home is in less than perfect shape. There are plenty of ways to improve your home, both in terms of appearance and safety, and here are just three of them.
Dust and Polish
Whilst cleaning and doing daily chores, many people tend to forget that the tedious task of dusting and polishing is essential to a clean, classy and sophisticated home. Not only does dust ruin the clean look of a home, but there are also various ways in which copious amounts of dust in the home can affect the health of the family living within.
Whilst there is no evidence that asthma is caused by dust, for sufferers of asthma and other respiratory conditions, large amounts of dust can aggravate symptoms and have detrimental effects on their overall health. Other irritations associated with dust include coughing, sneezing, hay fever and irritated eyes. To ensure that, not only your home, but also your health is in the best shape possible, don’t skip the vital step of dusting and polishing when cleaning. Immediately after dusting and polishing, the visual benefits will be apparent immediately, while the health benefits will begin after a week or so.
Check Your Appliances
It can be easy to create the illusion that your house is in perfect shape by keeping it neat and tidy, however, if the appliances have problems that need fixing or replacing, they can become detrimental to a perfect household. It is essential that appliances are thoroughly checked once every few months in order to not only monitor their physical appearance, but also to ensure that they do not pose a safety risk to your home or your family.
In the event of a damaged appliances such as a washing machine, it is possible that the broken machine could become a flood risk, increasing the possibility of water damage. If, for example, the boiler breaks down, the house can be affected due to the loss of heating throughout the home. It is vital that you ensure that your appliances are covered with companies such as Certi, who cover emergency damage for a good price, meaning that if an appliance does break, you won’t be out of pocket.
Odd Jobs Around the House
To keep up appearances, a house must occasionally be renovated, both on large and small scales. In terms of small-scale renovations that can make a huge noticeable difference, you can start to upgrade your home by redecorating, but not replacing. Odd jobs such as fixing a broken chair or applying a new fresh coat of paint will ensure that your furniture appears brand new without having to spend a large amount of money on replacements. A daunting and seemingly impossible task is to remove scratches from floor tiles or hardwood floors. However small the scratches are, they will make a noticeable difference to the overall feeling of your home, as it will feel like it is permanently damaged. By fixing these small imperfections, your home will feel as if it is brand new, and be something that you can take pride in.
If you have abit of money to invest and the property needs more of an update, then it works well to pick one room, perhaps the one that looks most shabby, and give it a proper spruce up. The kitchen is often a good place to start, unless it was redone more recently than the other rooms already of course, as the purpose of this room means it is perhaps likely to suffer more wear and tear than some of the other rooms in the house. Visit somewhere such as Kitchen Warehouse for example, in order to consider options. You might want look to replace things like kitchen doors, as these changes could make it look like new without actually getting a whole replacement kitchen!
Whether you make small changes or larger ones, keeping your house in shape should be a bit easier when you take these tips on board.
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