TIPS FOR STAY­ING ON TOP OF HOUSE RE­PAIRS

Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

1. Make sure smoke alarms and car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tors are up to scratch. Or re­place them.

2. If you leave your home in win­ter, en­sure the heat­ing re­mains on all the time with the ther­mo­stat set at around 10 de­grees.

3. Check brick­work for mor­tar problems and re­place any­thing miss­ing.

4. Paint cast iron drainage sys­tems and gates.

5. Store as much gar­den fur­ni­ture as you can in a shed or sim­i­lar. Oth­er­wise, make sure items are pro­tected – there are a num­ber of cov­ers spe­cially made for benches, ta­bles and seats.

6. Con­den­sa­tion can’t al­ways be avoided. So wipe it away daily.

7. If you rent, check 6. whether you or the land­lord is re­spon­si­ble for win­ter prepa­ra­tions.

8. The trust­ed­traders. which. co. uk/ web­site of­fers lo­cal, re­li­able trades­men such as builders, elec­tri­cians roofers, and plumbers.

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