How to get your home win­ter ready

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

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