10 Home Improvement Tips To Do During Lockdown

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Home maintenance will serve you well should you consider to place your property on the market after the South African lockdown period. Here are 10 Tips to keep you busy during isolation and spruce up your home.

 

  1. Property is inclined to be purchased during the summer months when the home and garden are best showcased. Current statistics indicate that online buyers review properties listed during this period. However, that doesn’t mean potential buyers are not looking at your property right now, so it’s worth giving this a small revamp right now. Pay attention to the exterior and clean up the garden. Try landscaping areas with flower beds and lawns or ensure that paved and gravel areas are neat and tidy. Simple preparations now will pay off later, like removing those ugly oil stains in the driveway.
  2. Under lockdown regulations, you cannot venture off your property but within the boundaries of your home, consider a fresh splash of paint where needed. Recoat doorframes, doors, window frames and weather permitting consider painting the inner boundary walls of your property. Feeling adventurous? Update your room walls.
  3. Treat wooden furniture. Small dents can be treated by applying a damp washcloth to the wood, a tip of a hot iron should be applied to the washcloth for 5-15 seconds. The steam re-swells the wood fibres and make the dents disappear.
  4. Gutters need to be cleaned. As the season changes leaves and debris collects. It is advisable to remove foreign objects and foliage from your gutter and downspouts. Check for leaks and holes that may require repair. Be prepared before the heavy rain sets in.
  5. Give your home a proper deep clean. Usually actioned every 6 months this can be done once during your isolation period. A family activity to keep your home in tip-top shape. Clean appliances, windows, vacuum carpets and surfaces that require dusting. 
  6. Vacuum your refrigerator coils. A fridge uses 15% of a home’s total power, besides with electricians not being listed as essential service, you will want this home appliance running. Dirty refrigerator coils take more power over time. Keeping food refrigerated is vital during a lockdown.
  7. Heating up water accounts for 40% of household electricity bills. Turn off your geyser except for the hours you require to heat up the water for household use. Also consider investing in a geyser “blanket” to keep water hot, if you have not already done so.
  8. Taps and showers heads attract water stains. For removal of water stains on taps simply leave a vinegar-soaked kitchen towel on the affected areas for an hour. Then wipe the stains away. For your shower head simply tie a small plastic bag of vinegar over the showerhead overnight. Stains will be removed instantly. 
  9. With the kids at home and more people in the house, inevitably the walls take the most beating! Navigate fatty marks, possible kids murals and other spills by washing down the walls. Dust your walls before washing, regardless of paint type, water is the gentlest cleaner. Thereafter a mild mixture of water and dishwashing detergent. For a stubborn stain mix a paste of baking soda and water and rub over the stain. Rinse with clean water and a cloth. For all applications of cleaning ensure you apply with a sponge and wipe the wall dry with a towel to prevent streaking and water damage.
  10. Keep your home sparkling, quite literally! Clean your light fittings. Even the most domesticated amongst us, whilst cleaning every nook and cranny, omit the light fittings. Over time they accumulate dust and may even look discoloured. Remove the light fitting if possible and clean individually. For glass fittings, you can either wipe them down or dust before a light wipe down with a damp cloth. Material lampshades should be dusted or simply vacuumed renew their form.
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