Adages and proverbs pepper our daily expressions. ‘A stitch in time…’ is a peculiar one. Although we know it is related to the benefits of acting efficiently in good time, it often prompts the question ‘nine what?’ The answer is it is simply ‘nine stitches’. So the age old advice is act to fix something as soon as possible. Leave it too long and it becomes a much bigger problem to fix.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Insure against damage to your home in the event of water leaks
Ignoring a dripping tap or painting over a patch of damp are classic examples of avoiding dealing with small tasks which can become big, expensive problems if ignored. Many small fixes around the house can be remedied without the need to bring in experts on a hefty day rate. DIY books abound, the internet has a whole host of instructional websites and most, if not all, DIY stores will have staff on hand to advise on what you need.
A small damp patch, if left, will spread and can cause considerable damage to plaster and woodwork which can be very costly to replace. You may be able to tackle a small damp problem yourself but even if you need an experienced tradesperson to treat it that will still be much cheaper than dealing with the consequences if you ignored it.
With many houses moving to water meters a dripping tap is quite literally pouring money down the drain.The Energy Saving Trust reports that over a year a dripping tap can waste 5,500 litres of water. When comparing a rising water bill to the cost of a new washer it is hard to see why anyone would leave it dripping?
There is no place like home
So you have maintained your property but there is still more you want to do to make it your ideal home. This is not something you should rush in to. What you might think is a simple development to your living space may in fact require planning permission. If you are making plans for any structural changes rather than just decorative enhancements you will need to make sure you understand all related building regulations.
A penny saved is a penny earned
Having spent time, energy and money maintaining and improving your home you will want them to last. This is a good reminder to check that you have adequate cover at the best price to insure against damage to your home. Shopping around to get the best deal when it comes to things such as insurance has never been easier. There are many websites that can manage the task of comparing options for you. While these sites can quickly access and filter information on numerous products it is important to read all the details when you make your choice, never forget the small print.
It is easy to see how adages became so popular that they still form part of our everyday language. For centuries we have been advising ourselves to be efficient, act in a timely fashion and plan for the future – although unfortunately we still find need for the saying ‘learn from your mistakes’.