Finally done with the remodel? It might be tempting to just kick back, relax, and enjoy the finished project – but not just yet. There’s still some work left to do.
To make the most out of any remodeling project, you need to take a few steps that will help make it last over time. Here some helpful tips:
Ask your contractor about proper maintenance
Some of the newly remodeled parts or components of your home might need a little extra attention to make sure they’re properly functioning.
The people in charge of your remodeling project are the experts. They know exactly what to do to keep everything in tip-top condition, so remember to ask them for advice on what you need to do.
Make sure everything’s under warranty
Most remodelers and builders will make sure everything’s already registered under warranty, so you can go ahead and skip this step. But just to be sure, remember to take a second look at warranty cards provided by your contractor to see if you need to take any steps that will allow you to get the most out of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Going through warranty paperwork might seem like a tedious task when you just want to use your new appliances, but dealing with technical problems and discovering an item isn’t under a manufacturer’s warranty is way more stressful. With expensive products such as appliances, it’s better to have a warranty and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Maintenance tips for common materials
Home remodels usually involve a few common materials that you can maintain on your own. Here’s how:
- Wood floors – For hardwood floors, put felt pads underneath the legs of your chairs, so you can move them easier while also preventing scrapes and scratches. Also remember to place mats at all entrances of your home to keep your floors clean and to prevent mud, dirt, small rocks, and other debris from getting stuck in tiny crevices in your floor.
- Plumbing fixtures – Faucets and showerheads should be deep-cleaned every couple of months or so in order to prevent buildup. As mentioned earlier, your contractor will know how to maintain certain components, so remember to ask them for advice.
- Filters – Appliances and components such as air-conditioning units and water purification systems should be replaced every once in awhile to make sure they’re functioning at the highest level. This is especially true for purification systems, as many models break down if they’re used for long periods of time without a fresh filter.
- Natural materials – Stone, teak, marble, and other natural materials need to be sealed from time to time to keep its shiny, brand new look. In addition, sealing will also protect surfaces from patinas or stains.
These are just a few ways to ensure the quality of your remodeling project. Of course, there are more things you should do such as general cleaning to keep everything in excellent condition. Just keep in mind that it helps to start thinking about maintenance as soon as your remodel is complete, so you can develop a good habit that will make everything last for years to come.