3 Tips For Getting Your House Ready For 2021

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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Yes, you are reading that title and crying out ‘but it’s only September!’. Sure, it is only September - and that means we are almost in the last quarter of the year. Most of us are just trying to get through today before we even give a thought to tomorrow, but before we know it, we'll be putting tup he Christmas decorations and making our new year’s resolutions for 2021.

2020 has not gone how anyone planned it. When we woke up on January 1st of this year, the thought of a global pandemic sweeping the globe, killing hundreds of thousands of people and sending entire countries into lockdown was inconceivable, but here we are, slowly starting to come out of the other end of it. Many of us are thinking about next year and how we can make it a much better year. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that your house is in order, that it is safe and is not going to harm your health.

1. Check for Mold and Humidity Problems
Mold and humidity issues can cause some pretty serious health and respiratory conditions, so it is essential that you deal with any problems as soon as you suspect them.

Mold is generally caused by excess humidity. It grows anywhere that is warm and damp and does not have adequate ventilation. Opening windows for at least ten minutes in the morning, pulling furniture away from the wall every so often to allow air to circulate, and doing a bit of dryer vent cleaning if you use a tumble dryer can all help to reduce it. Where possible, line-drying outside on a line.

2. Get Pests Under Control
Even the best efforts are not always enough to prevent unwanted visitors from entering our homes. Whether it is fleas or bed bugs, ants, or mice - no one wants to be sharing their house with these creatures. Not only can they be more than a little bit annoying, but they can also bite or cause allergies and once a full blown infestation occurs, it can be a nightmare to get rid of. Go around your house and look for any signs of pests and if there are any, take action immediately. Some can be sorted out by you - traps, sprays, and ‘bombs’, as well as regular, thorough cleaning, can get rid of them, but in some extreme circumstances, a professional exterminator may be the best option.

3. Cut Out the Chemicals
These days, there is a cleaner or a chemical for just about everything - floors, worktops, sinks, cookers, toilets, baths, showers, and so on. However, many of these are unnecessary. They can be expensive and hazardous to your health and the environment. Most of the time, hot soapy water, white vinegar and baking soda, and a decent anti-bacterial spray are more than enough to keep your home clean and hygienic.

We have no idea what next year is going to bring, but by starting early and getting your home in a top-tip shape, you can start 2021 off positively.

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