Autumn is drawing to a close and with the shorter days, not to mention the colder temperatures we’ve been experiencing in the UK lately, it’s easy to see that winter is on the way. When you own your own home, you obviously need to make sure it’s ready to withstand whatever the weather throws at it.
With this in mind, now is a good time to carry out those late maintenance jobs that you may have been putting off – you want to make sure your home is in top condition once the colder weather arrives in earnest.
According to News Press Now, there are a few jobs you need to do every autumn. Among the top jobs are to have your boiler serviced and your heating system inspected. You may also need to call in a chimney sweep if you have an open fire.
Going hand in hand with this task is checking that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order – don’t forget to replace the batteries regularly as well.
Cleaning gutters is nobody’s favourite task but it needs to be done, and given that the leaves have been falling from the trees for quite some time now, it makes sense to give them a clean out now before we have heavy rains.
As well as sorting out the gutters, take the time to inspect the drains themselves and make sure these aren’t blocked or obstructed by anything.
You want your home to be as warm as possible and one of the main sources of draughts can be the windows. It pays to take the time to inspect the frames and glazing properly to make sure everything is in good condition.
If you don’t already have double glazing, it’s definitely worth upgrading. Even if you have a period property and don’t want to lose the stunning sash windows, you can easily find a company that can make glazing with all the period charm but using modern glass that is much more insulating.
Do a search for sash windows in Suffolk and see if anyone can come and carry out the work before you get too far into the winter.
Wtop recently offered homeowners advice on carrying out home improvement projects. The website pointed out that there are some jobs that you need to call in the professionals for, not only because it saves you time but also money as you won’t have to splash out to fix any mistakes you make on more complicated projects.
Installing new glazing is definitely a job for professional window fitters, and remember that things like electrical work and plumbing should also be carried out by registered trades people.
If you’ve just moved into a new place, make sure you invest in the essential elements that make it a cosy, warm and dry place to live. Repainting before you’ve sorted out a damp problem, or laying new carpet in a room where you have a leak won’t do you any favours.
Other top jobs around the home for this time of the year include sorting your outdoor space. If you have a garden, make sure you regularly rake up the leaves from the lawn to protect your grass, and put any patio furniture or children’s equipment away somewhere safe for the winter, such as in your garage or shed.