We all want our homes to be havens, but things don’t always go to plan. When you buy a house, there’s always a risk of hazards. In this guide, we’ll explore some common problems and offer advice to help you ensure your home is a safe, secure sanctuary.
Structural damage and adverse weather
Most homeowners will have to address structural damage or repairs that are required due to adverse weather, wear or tear or ageing at some point. It is particularly common to encounter signs of damage if you own an old house or you’ve taken on a project, which involves restoring a property that had been neglected. Common issues to look out for include roofing problems, damp, leaning walls, uneven floors and water damage. Early intervention is often the best way to limit damage and preserve the structure of your home. If you notice missing or loose tiles on the roof, damp patches on walls or ceilings or a musty smell, or you’re worried about your walls or floors, seek professional advice. It’s also crucial to ensure that you keep up with general maintenance tasks and that you have home insurance, especially if you live in an area prone to flooding.
Many of us love to welcome guests into our homes, but the last thing we want is unwanted visitors turning up in the attic or scrabbling around on the kitchen floor. Pests are a relatively common problem and they can cause widespread disruption because they tend to multiply quickly. From rats and mice to birds and bees, it’s important to look out for signs of potential infestations and to act quickly if you spot droppings or new holes in the walls or you hear noises that sound suspicious. Contact animal control experts and take steps to prevent the problem from getting worse. Plug gaps and holes that could be used as entry and exit points, take the rubbish out and store it in sealed bins and don’t leave food lying around on kitchen counters.
Accidents happen, but there are multiple ways to reduce risks and prevent injuries. It is particularly beneficial to identify risks and address hazards if you have children or pets, but every homeowner should be wary of potential dangers. The most common types of household accidents include fires and trips and falls. Keep soft furnishings away from candles and portable heaters, switch appliances off when you’re not using them, never leave pots and pans unattended on the hob and smoke outdoors if you are a smoker. Keep stairways and corridors free from obstacles, turn the lights on if you’re walking around or going downstairs in the dark and use gates and locks to prevent children from falling down the stairs or accessing cupboards that contain dangerous items, such as medication and cleaning products. Make sure you have smoke detectors on every floor and test the batteries frequently.
We all want our homes to be restful, comfortable retreats, but life isn’t always plain sailing. It’s common for homeowners to encounter hazards and problems including structural damage and damp and pests and to face the prospect of accidents and injuries.