Things In Your Home that Generally Need Your Attention After 7 Years

Jul 13 2018
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I literally snorted when I read the last part of this article when they mentioned Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” – Because OMG that is so the truth when it comes to houses lol! The following is an article contributed to Grandma’s House DIY that I felt was really informative.

Smart homeowners say that the lifespan of most renovations or newly built homes is seven years. Just like it is an achievement to survive the dangerous seven first years of your marriage, you will be lucky to get away without any major repairs and problems.

If you want to be prepared, or you have bought or renovated your home exactly seven years ago, below you will find a list of things you should look out for.

Keep an eye out for telling signs, so you can allocate the budget for repair and renovation work accordingly.

Faucets

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If you have kids, chances are that your kitchen and bathroom fixtures are going to get damaged sooner than after seven years. If you live in an area where the water is extremely hard, your pipes and fittings will not last long, either.

While it is possible to protect your large appliances, such as the washing machine and the dishwasher from the damage limescale can cause, you cannot do anything about the water pipes.

Your drain pipes might be fine if you add some water softening agents and limescale treatment solutions to the water you use, but the inside of your faucet will be blocked and it will eventually break or become less functional.

Roof

No matter how mild the weather is in your area, your roof is your only protection from heat, rain, snow, and other elements.

As the first point of defense, it will be dealt with hailstones, changing temperatures, and natural disasters. Most roofing contractors offer 5-10 year warranty, but this depends on where you live.

Make sure that you keep hold of the invoice and get in touch with the company if the roof is damaged within the guarantee period, as you can get it fixed or replaced at a lower cost, provided that you are not responsible for the damage.

Insulation

When your walls are first built, the joints and the blocks, bricks are perfectly aligned.

Ground movement, landslides and earthquakes, as well as industrial activity and road traffic, however, can create misalignments and gaps will occur. It is recommended that you get in touch with a structural engineer after seven years to get a professional inspection and receive recommendations and advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your house.

Patio

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Whether you have installed your patio or have a decking in the garden, you will have to keep on top of it.

Your patio stones and paving flags will eventually move, and -no matter how hard you try to keep the weeds away – they will get damaged. Uneven flooring can be dangerous inside and outside of the house, especially if you have little ones living in the house or visiting your home regularly.

Paint your decking every year and add protective lacquer to preserve the wood. Use a pressure washer every spring to keep your stones and outdoor tiles shine.

Fencing

If you have a wooden fence installed around your house, chances are that you will need to carry out some important repairs after seven years.

Whether it is a fallen tree that will damage the fence or wildlife, keeping on top of this job can be time consuming. If you have farm animals, it is crucial that you keep them safe and out of other people’s property.

In case it is built with a concrete base and posts, and there was a change in the ground consistency, chances are that some of the panels are loose, and they can simply fly away with the next storm, causing financial damage for yourself or your neighbors.

Bathroom and Kitchen Tiles

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No matter how good the quality of your floor and wall tiles is, you will need to revisit the surface after seven years or even sooner.

The splashing water will change the color of the tiles and the grout, and the change of humidity and temperature could crack them. Whenever you notice that there are some grout missing from between your tiles, you shouldn’t attempt to refill it.

Get a professional to get rid of all the old grout completely, as it needs to be of consistent texture and quality to last.

Flooring

Whether you have tiles, wooden floor, or laminate, it will start fading after around seven years. You will need to treat all the wooden surfaces regularly to keep pests away and preserve their healthy shine.

Wooden floors will need sanding down and polishing every couple of years, depending on the traffic they have to put up with every day. You might be able to keep your hard traffic areas protected by getting an area rug that is much cheaper to clean and replace than a real wood floor.

Carpets build up loads of bacteria under them after a couple of years, and you should replace them to stay healthy and prevent respiratory illnesses.

Heating and Air Conditioning

No matter how modern and efficient your HVAC system was seven years ago, it will be showing the signs of wear after seven years.

Apart from regular service, you might want to book a thorough inspection with ABC Home & Commercial AC Repair to identify underlying issues early. The older your heating and air conditioning system is the hardest it will be to find parts needed for repair.

Get your air filters changed and clean your air ducts regularly, especially after renovation projects. Dust can damage the motor and result in reduced efficiency and eventually a breakdown.

Lights and Fixtures

The lights are designed to last, and they are supposed to be durable.

If your light switches and electrical plugs are no longer serving you, or your home’s energy consumption has increased since you moved in, chances are that you will need to make some modifications.

You might need more outlets, higher voltage, or simply more powerful fuses, especially if you have high electricity demand appliances, such as a power shower or an electric heater. Some of the wiring inside the walls might break or become brittle, so it is important that you get all your appliances and outlets tested and certified, so you can stay safe in your home and avoid using more electricity than necessary.

Doors and Windows

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Even if the doors and windows were fitting snug when they were installed, some movement, material stretching, and weather damage might have made the fit less than perfect.

You should get an energy efficiency assessment completed a couple of years after the renovation, so you can spot gaps and problem areas. If you have double pane windows and notice condensation between the two panes, chances are that the frame has a leak and gas has escaped, resulting in a lower energy efficiency.

Kitchen Cabinets

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If you are usually busy in the kitchen, you might have noticed that the countertop and surfaces have lost their original shine. You will have to make a decision based on the latest trends and your budget.

Replacing only the countertop with a hard wearing real wood one or a marble worktop might change the entire look of your kitchen, but sometimes you can make an even greater statement by adding color, getting your drawer faces and cabinet doors resprayed.

Whether you live in an old cottage that has a romantic feel or a modern home built a couple of years ago, remember Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Be prepared for these repairs and budget for them, so you can say safe and preserve the value of your home at the same time.

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