Fixing Up Your Property Before The Winter
Now is the time to get ready before the dreaded winter is here. Give your home a bit of TLC before the bad weather arrives.
Employee a chimney sweep to check the chimney before you start using it over the autumn and winter months. He will be able to check there are no blockages such as bird’s nests, that there is no damage to the brick work and masonry and that the flue caps are in place. Once this has been carried out the fireplace will be safe to use, order in your solid fuel and logs at the same to be ready for the colder nights.
Get the boiler serviced
Avoid a problem by having your boiler serviced; getting it humming along keeping you and yours warm this winter. Use a programmable thermostat to save you money on your heating bill and also do your bit for the environment – programmable thermostats contain no mercury and are better for the environment because using less energy reduces greenhouse-gas emissions associated with energy production.
Check the insulation in your roof if it needs topping up and you have easy access into the roof this is a job you can tackle yourself. It will pay for itself over and over again. You can use rolls of mineral wool insulation. The first layer is laid between the joists – the horizontal beams that make up the ‘floor’ of the loft – then another layer is cross-laid at right angles to cover the joists and make the insulation up to the required depth.
Clean the carpets
Rent a steam cleaner and clean your carpets before it gets too cold to throw open the windows and dry out the rooms. If you have children and pets no doubt those tidy foot prints and paws have made an impression on your floors over the summer.
A great money saving idea is to replace the bulbs in your home with energy saving ones.
Pressure wash the exterior of your home, but make sure the surface you intend to clean can with stand the pressure of the machine. Wash and clean the windows including the frames and cills. This will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Mind the gap
Check the seals around your windows and doors; this is one of the biggest energy wasters. Add or replace old seals and use draft proofing to prevent air leaks. Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you on average between £10 to £50 per year. And by turning down your thermostat this could save you another 10% off your heating bill.
If you have a few problem windows then get these replaced with energy efficient models. Contact your local double glazing company for a quote.
Check the roof
If you are aware of a problem in your roof get it repaired before the bad weather hits. If you are not able to carry out the repairs yourself call in a professional to do this for you.
Touch up the paint work
If you didn’t manage to get the exterior areas painted over the summer tackle the problem areas where the paint work has started to peel, this will stop it getting any worse before over the winter and you can sort the whole job out when you have more time in the Spring. Pay attention to the fascia boards and door frames.
Rake up the leaves and treat the lawns. Fertilize your tress, roses and shrubs. Prune the borders and make tidy for the winter.
Clear out your gutters and make any repairs where necessary. Protect your gutters by using mesh guards to keep debris from causing blockages.