Thursday, November 20, 2014


The Claus Team came across the article below at\\, My Realty Times,  written by  on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 5:42 am

The biggest difference between living in an apartment building and your own home is definitely the amount of additional work that people living in private houses have to do almost on a daily basis to keep their house and its surroundings spick and span. Apartment tenants do not have such problems, since they are usually only asked to pay their monthly rent (or the loan installment) and their bills. Apart from that, they only have to add some furniture to their apartment.
On the other hand, if they are not owners, they just pay the rent and invest nothing. Living in a house requires a lot of investments and constant care, but the comfort that a house offers is unparalleled by other housing types. Here are some improvement projects that can add more value to your home and give you and your family an even more pleasant living environment.
Regular Gutter Checks
After every rainy or snowy season, you should check and clean the gutter around your house. If the gutter stays clogged and full of debris left from rains and snow melt down after the winter season, spring rains will have no place to flow away. If they fill the horizontal parts of the gutter, there is a high probability that the water is just going to spill all over your walls, ruin the paint and even harm the foundations.
Also, never let rainwater flow directly into the ground at the foot of the house. There always has to be a lead-away tube that will direct rainwater away from the foundations of the house. A regularly checked and cleaned gutter will make the house last longer and you will save some money that would otherwise be spent on strengthening the foundations or adding a new coat of paint to the outer side of the walls.
Plumbing Inspections
The plumbing system of every house has to be maintained in an effective ways if you do not want to experience real flooding catastrophes, which might ruin many parts of your house, as well as your belongings. Whenever you notice that water and other stuff flow away slowly down the kitchen or bathroom sink, you should react at once. First try unblocking the drain pipes with home remedies, which are usually made from vinegar and baking soda.
And in case the clogging has hardened so much that your home-made liquids cannot crack it, you should either borrow a steel wire and try breaking the heap accumulated debris with it or call plumbing professionals and let them do that. It is extremely important that you react at once. Sweeping such a problem under the (bathroom) rug can cause a pipe burst and a lot of damage to your walls, paint on the walls, flooring and many other difficulties.
Security Issues
Thinking too much about bad situations will most probably lead right to those same situations. However, security issues that every house is facing with should not be neglected. These precaution measures should be even stricter if your house is a bit remote from the rest of the village or a suburban area, I learned from the people who work at my local trustworthy locksmithservice. For houses that are isolated, installing an alarm system is one of the most efficient ways of increasing the security level.
Apart from that, owners of such houses should always go for high-tech locks, which will provide the best protection for them and their family members. If you are among those who are considering such security-raising steps, just ensure that the job is done by genuine professionals. You do not want your doors and the whole front of keeping your home and family safe from all the potential intruders be maintained by beginners. While this might sound like a midnight B-production stalking thriller from the 1990s, these things happen and you should always invest a cent more in making your home secure from unwanted visitors.
Every home can be turned into a fairy-tale mansion if its owners are united in that effort. Try suggesting your kids that they join you in your small home-improving enterprises. Do not forget to ask them about their opinion and their ideas. If you accept them as equal partners (given that they are at least 12), they will make the whole process easier for you and they will feel proud because you have shown them how much you respect them. With such a joint effort, your house will be cleaner, safer and highly protected from all sorts of inconveniences.

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