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Getting your home cosy for winter | Property maintenance

7 Oct 2019
Getting your home cosy for winter | Property maintenance

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.

  • Make sure all of your radiators are working as they should
  • It’s worth getting a GAS Safe professional to have a look and check there aren’t any problems which could cost you an even bigger bill, or a period of time without heating in the future.

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!

  • As the weather gets colder, can you feel any drafts you didn’t think were there before? Have a check of all of your window frames and make sure they’re in a good state of repair. If you have double glazing and there is condensation between the glass, now is a time to have the glass replaced.
Glazed windows with painted white frames and two green plants on the windowsill

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.

  • Check your gutters often during the autumn months to prevent leaf-related blockages. If guttering is left to its own devices, you might find a need to spend money on pest control or brand new guttering!
  • Give it a gentle wiggle. Check that all brackets are present and correct, and that you can’t see any leaks or puddles of water where they shouldn’t be.

Plumbing isn’t a pipe dream

  • To stop pipes from getting frozen, make sure they’re insulated. If you have an outdoor pipe, a simple bit of pipe insulation which can be purchased at low cost from DIY stores and cable-tied on will do the trick.
  • Familiarise yourself with where the water shut-off valve is, and how to turn it off in the event that your pipes do freeze in extremely cold weather.

In the garden

  • Make sure there are no tree limbs close to the roof of your house – strong winds or heavy snow could cause you problems.
  • If you’re looking to re-seed your lawn, then now is the right time to go about it. Grass spends the winter throwing down deeper roots for better spring growth.

If you’re a landlord looking to let your property, check out out the landlord section of our website where you can find out more about our comprehensive property management services. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on the number at the top of this page, or start a conversation with one of our experts using the ‘chat now’ button below.