Brrrrr… it’s getting chilly!

 

The autumn and winter months may be cosy, but if your house isn’t prepared ahead of time, you may find that the cold weather brings plenty of stress – and extra expense.. which nobody wants at the moment, for obvious reasons! 

 

Clear your gutters and drains

It’s nobody’s favourite job, but maintaining your gutters and drains is an essential part of getting your home ready for autumn and winter. Check for obvious cracks or damage and make time to clear your gutters of debris like leaves, moss, and mud before the wet and windy months start.

 

Get your boiler serviced

It’s easy to put off a boiler servicing – it can be expensive, and if your boiler is tucked away in a closet or airing cupboard it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind. But the very last thing you want is for your boiler to stop working in the dead of winter, leaving you and your family shivering.

 

Protect your pipes from lagging

A little investment in the milder months can pay off when the temperature drops – and one of the things you can do now to save you time and money come autumn and winter is to lag your pipes. Lagging simply refers to foam insulation tubes, which are inexpensive to buy and easy to install – just slip the foam tubing over external pipes (particularly plastic pipes) to reduce heat loss from your system.

 

Winter-proof your windows

Wet weather and freezing temperatures can make untreated wood expand and even rot, so ahead of time, make sure you fill in any cracks, check that any sealant is still firmly in place and holding a good seal, and top up any paint if needed.

 

Take a look at your roof and chimneys

Your home’s roof is one of those things that you don’t really think about – until there’s a problem. Water leaking in from an improperly-maintained roof or chimney can damage your home, discolour your walls, and in the case of a bad leak, could mark or spoil anything you may keep in your attic.

 

Check your garden, gates, and fences

No one wants to be doing any serious garden work in the cold or pouring rain – so make sure any maintenance you need to do gets done before bad autumn and winter weather hits.

 

Autumn and winter can be hard on your house – but if you follow our guide and take precautions ahead of time, it doesn’t have to be hard on your wallet or your stress levels!

 

Brrrrr… it’s getting chilly! 


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