31st March 2016 | Origin Finance
With autumn here, now is the perfect time to make improvements around your home and get your property in tiptop shape for winter. Here are some ideas for the to-do list.
1. Roof repair
Small roof leaks will make it harder to keep your house warm in winter. Inspect your roof for damage (or have a professional do it) and fix any holes or gaps.
2. Get your gutters in order
Autumn’s falling leaves look picturesque but can cause a problem for gutters and spouts. Clean your gutters to prevent blockages, and check for cracks or holes. You can also protect your gutters with mesh guards.
3. Inspect your heating
Whatever type of heating system you have, now is the time for a proper inspection to ensure it’s safe and working well. If you have a fireplace, get it checked and cleaned by a specialist to prevent fire hazards. If you’ve been considering installing extra insulation, do it now to keep your home warmer during winter and cut your heating bills.
4. Add a fresh coat
Autumn is a great time to paint the interior or exterior of your home. The temperatures are generally good for paint drying and it’s still warm enough to allow plenty of ventilation into your home to let out the fumes.
5. Mind the gaps
Keep things cosy and reduce energy use by draught-proofing your home. Inspect all your doors and windows and seal any gaps you find. Consider upgrading any single-glazed windows to double glazing (being mindful that this comes with a not-insignificant price tag).
6. Let the light shine in
Autumn and winter bring less daylight, but a few small measures can help keep your home light and bright. Replace those blown light globes you’ve been ignoring (choose energy-efficient globes), and consider splashing out on a new feature lamp. Translucent curtains can be a great alternative to heavy blinds. Pruning large trees around your home will also let more of that autumn sun shine through.