Home Maintenance: What to expect and how to prepare

You’ve sealed the deal with your new agent, packed the last box, and moved into your new home. Your puppy enjoys the spacious garden, whilst your kid’s laughter permeates in the upstairs balcony overlooking a glittering skyline at night. Though things may seem in place and quiet at your new place, home maintenance issues are inevitable. Today we bring you a brief checklist of things you must consider to take preemptive action before simple malfunctions become costly repairments. 

1. AC Inspections 

Running frequent inspections for your AC unit is of high importance. We could sit here and list all of the technical reasons why it’s important to do so, but it wouldn’t go beyond that. Though it is essential for your wires to be intact and not frayed, along with the smooth operation of the compressor to produce cool air, it is equally important, if not more, to ensure regular cleaning of the filter.

A study conducted in 2018 for the publication of the book, Low-Temperature Technologies, demonstrated that poor interior air quality is mainly attributed to pollutant pathogenic microorganisms inhabiting AC filters. Albeit invisible to the naked eye, a plethora of bacterial organisms and fungi are the sources of allergic and infectious diseases that exacerbate our headaches, fatigue, nausea, and sinus congestion.

Quarterly inspections by trusted home maintenance experts, like the ones at Octopus, are recommended to avoid such pathogenic hazards.  


2. Plumbing Inspections 

Plumbing is also synonymous to sanitation. It’s about the correct functionality of your water pipes, delivering water to your home and expelling waste from it. The best way to tackle plumbing home maintenance issues is to take immediate action as soon as seepage is noticed in your water pipes or odd sounds are heard coming from your toilet. Failure to do so may result in unexpected high water bills at the end of the month.

Frequent plumbing inspections is an essential element to proper home maintenance. Regular check-ups improve the life cycle of your plumbing system, but above all, it maintains clean water to wash your veggies, brush your teeth and scrub your body with.

An often overlooked aspect that is related to proper plumbing home maintenance, is water tanks. This is your main water source. Keeping a clean tank avoids evicting bacterial organisms from your household, avoiding parasitic and other pathogenic organisms from affecting your stomach. Is your tank in need of a good scrub? Our friends at Octopus can certainly take care of it. Give them a call and book your appointment today!

3. Find the right equipment

 A new home can’t always be perfect. You may notice a few loose hinges, flickering light bulbs, a leaky faucet, or other nuanced home maintenance issues requiring your attention. Not every problem requires the help of an expert, a matter of fact, many can be resolved by you, the homeowner. However, to properly address the problem, you must be equipped with the right tools. Here are a few that are essential for a home inventory: 

Multi-bit Screwdriver:
Unlike other regular screwdrivers, this one, in particular, is a toolkit on its own. Because, let’s face it, you rarely have the appropriate screwdriver for different screws. Instead of purchasing multiple screwdrivers, you can invest in this innovative home maintenance gadget and tackle any rusty or stuck screw with ease. It’s also perfect to change toy batteries, which is what will probably be its main use. 

Tape Measure:
Home maintenance also requires precision. Especially handyman work like hanging up paintings for the missus. But in all seriousness, it’s very useful for measuring furniture space and assembling Ikea tables where the little ones will eat. 

Adjustable Wrench: 

Leaky pipes and faucets strike when you least expect them, so be sure to be equipped with an adjustable wrench. One size fits all solutions that can help you tackle the problem immediately and prevent a minor problem from becoming a costly one.  

Don’t forget…

You’ll be able to resolve some and mitigate others. Certain issues will require an extra hand, luckily you can always count on Octopus for complex home maintenance tasks. 

And the best part? When you rent or buy with A&Co. you get to avail of Octopus’s special ” move-in offer “. So you can sit back, relax and let the Octopus team deal with the hassle of moving.

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