Thinking of doing another renovation project? Before you do, take a look around your home. Is there a broken pipe that needs fixing? Are your windows leaking? Are there any signs of pest infestation you might have missed?

While renovating a room is a great way to improve the look and feel of your place, it's more important to focus on accomplishing your home maintenance checklist first. Regular upkeep helps prevent breakdowns, saves you money and keeps your property looking its best. While some of those maintenance tasks can wait a few days or weeks to get done, there are five that requires immediate attention.

Plumbing leak

Any leak, big or small, can do significant damage to your home. So, as soon as they arise, make sure to address plumbing problems. Search for a cheap plumber in London or in your area to take care of this job. Whether you live in East, South or Central London, always hire the best plumber you can find. If it's a major leak, don't try to fix it on your own unless you have experience in plumbing. Otherwise, you could create a bigger problem that's more costly to repair. Now, to ensure you have fewer problems in the future, have your plumbing system inspected on a quarterly basis. If that sounds expensive to you, you can always find a cheap plumber in London or wherever you live.

Leaking windows

Cold draft can enter your home through failed window caulking or glazing. Not only will this make you uncomfortable in cold weather, this will also make your HVAC system less efficient. This could also mean your energy bills will rack up. Now, fixing an old caulk or glaze is not too difficult. What's difficult is when the air leaks through the window frame or siding. Since windows expand with the changes in weather, the siding or frame becomes loose over the years. In this case, you'll need a new casement to stop cold air from getting inside. Take this as a chance to install bespoke windows to add a unique touch your interior design.

Peeling paint

Not only does peeling paint add years to the look of your home, but it also makes your property vulnerable to moisture damage and pest infestation. So, if the paint on your walls are starting to chip or peel, the best time to go after it with a scraper is now. Another reason for you to act right away is to free your home of the toxic lead found in old cans of paint. Besides, it's a good chance to freshen up your interiors and boost the kerb appeal of your home.

Pest problems

Saw any sawdust-like debris, droppings or rotten walls around your home lately? Termites, roaches, carpenter ants or rodents may have already taken up residence in your home. If this is the case, don't wait until they cause further damage to your property. Get an inspector to check for pesky critters. If he confirms pest infestation in your home, try some natural ways to kill household bugs. If that doesn't help, hire an exterminator. Like getting emergency plumbers in London, make sure to hire a reputable pest management company. Choose the one that doesn't use too much chemical as this can harm your family's health and the environment.

Changing HVAC filters

In these cash-strapped times, saving on household bills is crucial. A good way to do that is to clean or replace dirty air filters on a regular basis. This simple task helps extend the life of your HVAC unit and save you thousands in energy costs.

Putting off these tasks not only costs you an awful lot of money but also compromises your family's health and safety. It always pays to deal with the problem as soon as you spot it.

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