I hate to be the one to remind you, but Autumn and Winter are just around the corner.
The good thing is, that if you start planning now then you can protect your property from the problems that the cold weather brings.
Autumn is a good time to start repairing and protecting your home so that the Winter snow, ice and wind can’t make matters worse, but what repairs should you be predetermining?
Your gutters are going to be getting put to good use with the leaves, debris, rain and snow to come. Be sure that these are fitted correctly and can withstand the British weather.
Another good idea if they’re in good working order is just to give them a good clean. You can read our guide to making this job a little easier here- How to Clean Gutters.
Now’s a good time to check your roof tiles and maybe get the broken ones repaired. Roof tiles can be easily damaged in a gale or a storm and can later lead to bigger problems such as leaks and flooding.
You can get a surveyor to check this out for you, but if you want to do it yourself be sure to check the flashings (material edges around the chimney/ dormers) and for any wear and tear on the tiles themselves.
There is nothing worse than trying to clear up a big pile of soppy leaves or trim a wet lawn. Get it done before the rainy season!
Luckily, the garden doesn’t grow as quick in Winter, so the best thing to do is get it all chopped back in preparation so that you won’t have to worry about it. Leaving gardening jobs will give you an even bigger job when the rain falls and even when the Summer comes back around, left leaves will have ruined your grass and became home to hundreds of creepy crawlies.
Another good idea is to cut large branches from your trees that may cause damage if you were to have a gale or a storm.
If you’re a landlord or tenant and confused about whether you are responsible for doing you garden work you can read this- Who is responsible for garden upkeep?
We’re all about saving you money, so you should invest in either double or triple glazing reducing heat loss by 74%. Nothing saves you money like making the best of the heat already in your home.
If you have a problem with your windows but can’t afford to stretch your budget much further this year, you can invest in a draught excluder and draught excluder tape. These can go around the edges of your windows and over the gaps under doors to stop the warm air escaping and cold air getting in.
It’s all well and good having triple glazing, but what’s the point if your sealant is failing on you? It’s probably best to reseal your doors and windows so that no air can sneak through the gaps this year.
While you’re at it, you can go around the flaky edges of the bath and tiles that you’ve been meaning to do for a while.
A good idea to prevent your pipes from freezing up this year is to schedule your heating for an hour every night. This will stop the pipes from getting too cold to freeze over and also keep you a little toastier on the night time.
If you don’t want to have your heating on during the night you could invest in some heating tape and line your pipes so that they get that extra insulation to stop them freezing up.
Everybody could do with saving when Winter is around the corner, that is of course because of Christmas! It can be tempting to pop the heating on all day and night but this can be very costly.
Cavity wall insulation reduces heat loss by upto 53% and loft insulation by 94%, potentially saving you hundreds.