How to get your home winter ready
THE signs of autumn are now definitely here. After a hot dry summer there is a slight chill in the air and occasional rain, so this is a good time to do a thorough check to make sure your house is ready for winter.
This is according to Lanice Steward, managing director of Knight Frank, who says now is the time, while it’s still fairly warm and dry, to get your home ready for the winter.
She says homeowners should get the following in order for the coming winter: — Check the insulation on your windows and conservatories.
— Make sure the gutters are clean so that you don’t end up with a nasty surprise of water streaming into the house because it has nowhere else to go. — Check the tops of parapet walls and flashings on the roof to be sure that there are no cracks in the paint or sealant as water can find its way into the tiniest of gaps, she says. — Check that the paintwork on all the exterior woodwork is still intact, and if decking and outdoor woodwork needs oiling, do that now while it’s still dry enough to be able to. — If there is a chance that the flue needs a clean, call someone in to do it before you start using the fireplace again. — Check the insulation on the doors and windows to be sure there isn’t unnecessary heat loss here. With the constant need to conserve energy and the rising costs of fuel to heat a home, this has become a necessity. The carpets, upholstery and curtains might need to be steam cleaned after the dusty summer, so that should also be done now before it gets too damp and cold. — Cut back any overhanging branches on trees that could cause damage when the north wind starts blowing. — Remember to switch off the automated sprinkler system when the rains come, and if you have the spare cash to install a water collec- tion tank to collect rainwater for the garden, it’s best to do it before the rainy season actually starts. — If you’re ordering wood, do it now so that you have your stock ready and stacked to be used. — Order a spare supply of gas so that you aren’t caught short when people are using more than the suppliers can provide. “Just doing a few smaller things while the weather is good can ease the family into winter living.” Home maintenance need not be a chore if done a little at a time and everything isn’t left to the last minute, says Steward. — Property24
Make sure the gutters are clean so that you don’t end up with a nasty surprise of water streaming into the house.