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Maintaining A Queenslander Home Might Be Easier Than You Think

There has never enough time in the day, especially with ongoing chores like cleaning, washing, food shopping, cooking for the family and those monthly tasks like mowing the lawn in summer when the grass in Toowoomba grows beautifully wild!

What about your Queenslander home, what do you need to do to keep it stunning like the day you moved in? The good news is, very little. Queenslander homes are built to last, especially modern Queenslander homes, so there is only general maintenance that every homeowner in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs areas needs to think about.

Here's our 5 point checklist of how to maintain a Queenslander home:

1. Keep Your Gutters And Drains Clean

Your new home perfectly compliments your lifestyle now, and in the exciting years to come.

Keeping your gutters and drains clean will keep your home from any water damage during heavy summer downpours that we love, and loathe here in the Toowoomba.

You should keep a close eye on your drains and gutters and try to check them every 3-6 months. If you have a lot of trees around your home, then try to check every 1-3 months, especially if you see a lot of foliage on the ground.

Gutters can be cleaned out with an extension ladder and a pair of gardening gloves, but naturally if you are the slightest bit uncomfortable being up a ladder or do not have a secure tie off point or someone to keep your ladder secure, please do not attempt this yourself. Please call us on  0417 961 667 to chat about keeping your gutters clean.

Drains are safe to clean and only require a few cheap household products:

  1. Boil the kettle and pour approximately one litre down your drain
  2. Pour in approximately half a cup of baking soda, wait for a few minutes
  3. Now pour in one cup of vinegar and another cup of hot water
  4. Cover the drain with the plug and wait ten minutes
  5. Open the drain and flush with another kettle full of boiling water

2. Checking Your Smoke Alarms

Keeping your gutters clean is important, as while we have avoided any catastrophes in recent years, the Toowoomba and Darling Downs areas are prone to bushfires in summer. Sadly though, many home fires are started by something as simple as a faulty heater.

For these reasons, the Queensland Government recommends that smoke alarm batteries should be checked every month by pressing the 'test button', with batteries being changed at least once a year.

If you live in a rural or bushland area of Toowoomba or Darling Downs, we would also highly recommend a fire action plan where your entire family know, and rehearse every step so that it is automatic in the event of a bushfire. You can read our bushfire zoning article here.

3. Cleaning Your Air Conditioning Unit

Often overlooked, air conditioners should be cleaned every 6-months here in Toowoomba. Air conditioning vents however are easy to clean, simply wipe with a dry cloth only.

Air conditioner filters can be removed, vacuumed and washed, but make sure you check your user manual for when, and how you clean them. It is important to make sure they are fully dry before you install the filters back into your air conditioning unit, a wet air conditioner filter can be worse than a dirty filter for your family’s health.

4. Checking Your Queenslander Home For Paint And Mould

This check is something you should schedule in for at least once a year, especially once your Queenslander home is 10 years old or more. Flaking paint can create real issues if not fixed early, and once your home's paint starts to crack or flake with age it will continue to degrade as the extreme Toowoomba temperatures affect it further.

If you see chipping or flaking paint, the area should be sanded and painted again with an undercoat of paint, followed by your choice of top coat colour if you are repainting an entire area. But please never paint on top of flaking paint as this will just cause more issues down the track.

Mould poses serious health risks, especially for people living with asthma, so if you notice any surface mould, try initially cleaning it off with vinegar while wearing a breathing mask and proper protection. If the mould does not easily scrub off, consider hiring professionals to treat the area.

Always wear a safety mask and gloves when treating mould to stop irritation to your skin and respiratory system. If you are unsure, please contact us on 0417 961 667 or here.

5. Keeping The Trees Around Your Home In Check

Keeping the trees around your home maintained is important, more so if they are growing close to your home or garage. It is not just falling trees and branches to be concerned about when the Toowoomba and Darling Downs summer storms hit, but also growing root systems getting into your draining pipes, concrete slabs and walls.

It is worth doing a quick visual inspection every 6-12 months, and if you notice anything odd like concrete cracking or roots in your drains, see if you can remedy the issue yourself or if more sever, call out an expert.

6. Contact Shelton Homes If You Are Looking To Build A New Queenslander Home

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. When you work with Shelton Homes we will design and build your new Queenslander home with you, so that it requires minimum maintenance now, and in the future.

Simply get in touch with the friendly team at Shelton Homes today if you would like to know more.

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