Your home costs you a lot already, doesn’t it? You’re happy to have four walls and a roof over your head, of course, but it costs you an arm and a leg each and every month! And while you’re proud of your home, keeping it clean and decorating it nicely, you know there’s a fine line between meeting your budget and going over it.
But there could be moments in your future when home ownership becomes even more expensive, and if you don’t have an emergency fund to take care of it, you’ll find it hard to stay financially well afterwards. So, in the interest of ensuring your home never becomes too much to handle, you’ll need to invest a lot of time and effort into hazard protection.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is a big hazard prone zone! Kitchen fires happen up and down the country at an alarming rate, and the cost of replacing appliances as a result can be in the thousands. Most of all, never leave an open fire unattended – if you have a gas stove, don’t leave the pan on and walk away, even if you’ll only be a few seconds. Anything could spill out over the top in that short period of time!
In the Walls
The walls of your home contain a lot more than just brick and plaster. They’re also home to systems like the central heating and the plumbing, or simply the wiring that keeps your lights on and your outlets charged. And because of this, you need to know what’s going on inside your walls.
Electrical issues, especially, are the number one thing to keep an eye out for here. Most of all, if you ever smell a fishy scent in the air, it could be a sign that the wiring has worn down and an electrical fire is about to start. Call someone before it gets to that point!
On the Roof
Finally, you’re always going to have to keep an eye on the roof, as it’s the ultimate exterior portion of your home, and keeps your structure safe from a lot of elemental damage. Indeed, it’s worth it to have a Storm Damage Repair number noted down, to ensure you can get a repairman out as soon as you notice a problem – roofs are hard to fix without the right tools and gear!
But what should you be looking for? Well, if you have a ladder, go up on the roof once a month to check for loose material, any holes or rips, and make sure to note down any discoloration. This could be a worry for the future, but it’s good to know when the damage started, to make sure you won’t go out of pocket if the house needs reroofing.
Hazard protection is a necessary part of life, especially as a homeowner on a budget. Make sure you know where your pennies can be saved by a bit of prevention right now.