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Maintaining your home

Our home is often our most important asset, so it makes sense to regularly maintain your home and keep it in the best condition possible. Home maintenance and defect issues can be found both inside and outside the home. Sometimes these issues can be mistaken for damage caused by a natural disaster (for example, an earthquake). Many of these issues and defects can be due to a lack of ongoing maintenance. Regularly maintaining your home optimises its value, extends the life of the building materials and enhances its appearance.

On this page and in the brochure below, you will find some useful links to websites and organisations that have extensive material on common issues and defects which are often mistaken for natural disaster damage, along with information regarding their likely causes.

If you have any concerns regarding the structural integrity of your home, you should seek advice from an appropriate construction professional.


The roof of your home is one of the most essential elements in keeping your family warm, dry, and safe. Keeping all parts of your roof well maintained over time will help ensure it is secure and still able to do its job.

Exterior wall cladding

Exterior wall claddings are a high-performing component of the home.

Interior walls and ceilings

Interior linings (most often plasterboard) are the finishing surface material applied to internal wall and ceiling framing.

Joinery – windows and doors

Doors serve as a connecting link between internal rooms in the home as well as with the outside world, whilst windows allow for the entry of natural light and also serve to cross ventilate the home.

Timber floor

Timber floors are generally easy to maintain and can last for many years when cared for properly and in line with manufacturer recommendations.

External hard surfaces

The external hard surfaces around your home are constantly exposed to the effects of not only the weather but also the wear and tear of everyday foot and vehicle traffic.

Links to websites should not be taken as endorsement of those sites or products offered by those organisations. When visiting websites, please refer to the conditions of use and copyright policies of those sites.

You can download a copy of the information on this page in our print friendly Maintaining your home brochure.