Keeping the hardware in your home in good repair and updated is a key way to maintain its value, not to mention making it more enjoyable to live in because everything works as it should. Whether you want to sell, or live in your home forever, it is important to keep an eye on your home’s hardware. If selling is the aim and replacements are needed, choose a more cost-effective option to get your home looking clean, crisp, and operable. Whoever buys it will likely want to make their own changes, anyway. If making replacements in your forever dream home, invest in the highly-used areas which get the most wear and tear.
Firstly, though, what do we mean by hardware? The term hardware can refer to many things – from door locks and window latches, to drawer sliders and even your roof. For the purposes of this advice, we’ll also include walls and joinery. Now that’s cleared up, let’s get on with things.
How do you know when to get into repair mode? Hardware, floors, and walls are all important parts of your home to keep an eye on. There are a few tell-tale signs which indicate you need to update these aspects throughout your home, so keep reading to find out what they are.
Wear and tear issues are most common with high usage items, such as cabinet hardware, door handles and window catches. Warning signs this type of hardware is failing can include doors not locking as securely as previously, or window catches sticking. Look out for how the doors swing and whether the windows open freely. If they catch, it can be a sign the joinery also needs to be replaced.
There are a number of quick wins in this category – fix loose hinges, unclog, or replace sticking drawer runners, and replace broken knobs or handles. If you do change some hardware, we recommend keeping the changes consistent throughout your entire home, so it improves the overall design and avoids lowering the potential sales value of your home.
A bigger ticket item to keep an eye on is the condition of your roof. Ensure that it is level, not rusting and doesn’t have any broken or missing tiles. Replace any problem spots immediately as this will help protect your home from water damage – particularly important given the weather lately.
In older homes, we recommend you check the walls both inside and out. Any cracks in walls can be an indication the house is moving. Cracks can potentially allow moisture to get through and cause cladding failure, and they could also indicate something is wrong with the foundation or piles, which can be costly to repair. Additional indicators of issues with the foundation or piles may be sagging floors or horizontal cracks in the foundation. To correct and stabilise the home, it may need re-piling.
If you’re repairing internal walls, it can also be a perfect opportunity to ensure that your insulation is updated, which may include adding or updating either a new wood-burner or heat pump. Either option does a great job.
When it comes to updating internal walls, we recommend repairing nail holes and minor dings and dents as they occur. It’s much easier to stay on top of this kind of minor wear and tear than to try and tackle it all at once when you’re about to list your home for sale!
Once any holes, dings or dents have been repaired, consider the options of paint or wallpaper. If you choose to paint, it is advisable to paint test strips on the walls to make your decision-making easier. If you are renovating to sell, we recommend you stick with a neutral palette, as it makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine their furniture and objects in your home.
Water features, such as sinks, tapware, shower heads and drains (both inside and outside) should all operate free and clear. Hot and cold options should operate as marked on the tapware, and the exhaust vent, which removes the steam from the shower, should be fully operational. Similarly, your hot water cylinder should be in good working order, not leak, and all pipes should be insulated.
When purchasing your new hardware, or wall and floor products, try to shop local. Not only is there an environmental cost from shipping products to our shores but often you may incur additional taxes. Lastly, remember staying on top of repairs helps keep the current value of your home stable, while any additional upgrades can boost its value.
For help with repairing or replacing your home’s hardware, or on your next building project, use our Find A Builder search function on www.nzcb.nz.