Summer is over, dealt with it! Now it’s time to start thinking about making sure that your home and/or rental property is warm and cosy for the winter. Before the really cold weather sets in, it’s essential for homeowners and landlords to make sure that you’ve have carried out any necessary property repairs needed to ensure that your home or rental is comfortable, safe & warm for yourself or your tenants, even in the worst of weather. Checking things such as your roof, gutters, heating system, pipes and windows are just a few of the essentials when it comes to making sure that your home is ready for winter.
1. Heating Maintenance
Chances are, the heating system has not seen much use over the summer months. However, the majority of homeowners and tenants tend to use their home heating system more and more as the colder weather kicks in and being warm and cosy at becomes more and more essential. Before the winter months arrive, it’s a good idea to have your heating system checked for any potential faults and issues to make sure that it’s in good working order for the weeks ahead.
2. Clean the Gutters
Another essential job to do before the winter is cleaning the gutters. Throughout the year, the gutters will collect dirt and debris which will eventually block them if it is not cleaned out thoroughly. When a gutter has a blockage, it is unable to drain rainwater away, which could lead to problems in your home or rental and can even cause leaks. The best time to have your gutters cleaned before winter is in the autumn when there are leaves falling from trees which could get caught in your gutters.
3. Roof Repairs
Checking the roof for any signs of damage is absolutely essential before the winter weather sets in. Things such as broken roof tiles, cracks or even leaks through the roof should all definitely be dealt with before the weather becomes colder and harsher, as the last thing that you need is a roof which is unable to withstand bad weather. To check the roof, you should first start in your loft or attic before inspecting the outside of the roof.
4. Stop the Draughts
Throughout the warmer summer months, a draught can actually be cooling and comfortable. However, when the weather outside starts to get colder, keeping the cold air out and the warm air in is essential. Before the winter, you should check all the windows and doors for any small cracks which need filling in order to prevent draughts. Along with helping you to stay warm, fixing any draughts before the winter can actually mean that you or your tenants pay less on energy bills winter as there’s less chance of heat escaping from the property.
We’ve had an extended summer and before the weather starts turning completely, now is the best time to start doing these repair jobs to prepare your home or rental for winter.