Have you ever heard the saying ‘prevention is better than cure’? Well with property maintenance, that’s very much the case. Often if small niggles are left to fester, they can be made much worse by a change in weather. There are also a lot more property-related emergencies in the colder months, for this exact reason, which can make getting hold of tradespeople at short notice a challenge which you could do without.
With that in mind, whether you own your own home or a landlord looking to let your property this autumn, we’ve created a handy list of things you can do to help prevent some of these issues from occurring and costing you unnecessary £££s!
Test your heating
Even if you’re a stickler with the thermostat, and can often be found throughout October shouting at your family to put another jumper on, turning the heating on just once to check that it’s working is a great idea.
Hire a chimney sweep
This won’t apply to everyone, however it’s an important one! Whether you’ve just moved into a property with a chimney or you use your fireplace regularly for open fires during the colder months then you need to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional at least once a year. Chimney fires can take hold extremely quickly, and they’re very dangerous.
When I’m cleaning windows!
Clear the gutters
Autumn is a gorgeous time of year, with a backdrop of colourful leaves as the trees put on a show. Whilst they look positively lovely whilst on the trees, or even gathering beneath them, they can cause you problems if they float down into your guttering and downpipes causing a blockage.
Plumbing isn’t a pipe dream
In the garden
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