Taking precautions to keep your home in tip-top shape

I had quite a few technical challenges in my home this week that threw me a curve ball. While I like to think I am pretty handy when it comes to things around the home, the issues that occurred this time were ones that were not in my field of expertise.

For starters, my kind family in Pennsylvania signed me up to finally get cable television (I guess I was a bit behind the times). However, one morning a box showed up at my front door with four more boxes inside, each with a lot of cables, boxes, connectors and instructions. Hours of plugging power supplies into different connections, reading every step in the instructions and watching  online video tutorials, I was exactly where I started. Cable-less.

Another challenge: one morning I switched on my lights in my closet and both of the bulbs blew simultaneously. How convenient and what great luck. I have very high ceilings so this task will not be complete without at least a 10-foot ladder and not to mention the two light fixtures will need to be detached from the closet, which is completely dark. So until I figure out a temporary source of light and a way to get a ladder, it’s pulling out an outfit in the dark each morning (no judging my choice of clothing this week; I cannot promise it will match or be put well together).

So after all of my struggles this week and with my issues remaining unsolved, I thought I’d share some tips that both you and I could use to better keep us stay on top of the little projects and the safety precautions in our homes.

Here are a few ones for your checklist:

1. Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every six months.

2. Investigate all water fixtures and units every six months to look for leaks, drips or buildup around the connections and pipes.

3. Check all outlets and wall units in the home to ensure no unsafe.

4. Examine all appliances: stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer, dryer, garbage disposal and any other main appliances in your home. Make sure everything looks intact and operating correctly.

5. If you have a home security system, contact the provider yearly to ensure all equipment is properly functioning.

6. Check all locks on doors to make sure they are properly working.

7. Observe windows in the home and make sure they latch and lock properly and ensure they are within accessible reach if needed to use for a fire escape.

8. Examine light fixtures (floor lamps, desk lamps, overhead lights, etc) to ensure all bulbs are still working.

9. Inspect your fire extinguisher to ensure it is working if needed for an emergency.

10. Observe your home for any critters or potential pests that may have left any debris behind so you can bring in pest control to eliminate them (this handy article can assist you to know what to look for).

11. Clean out the dryer vent and any other type of exhausts in your home.

By keeping up with some of these things on a more regular basis, you can potentially save yourself a string of problems and hidden costs that you didn’t plan for. Being proactive when it comes to taking care of your home is a great thing! Now I just need to keep up with my own advice.

When was the last time you made a checklist and inspected your home?

Cheers!

Sara-Jane