As the nights draw in and we prepare for the clocks to go back this winter we thought we’d share a few tips with you for taking good care of your property in winter, during the colder months. Whether you’re winterproofing your home because you want to sell it – or you’re about to move into a new home and you have a few jobs to take care of once you arrive. The property market remains strong at present, so by taking care of your home and showing prospective buyers that you’re making an effort you are more likely to get a decent price for it too.
Here’s a checklist of jobs that you may want to do to keep your property in top condition, whether you’re about to move in or move out.
Interior winterproofing tasks
- Bleed the radiators.Bleeding your radiators is a simple yet effective way to make your home more energy efficient and heat your space more effectively. This job often gets overlooked but it can prolong the life of your heating system and reduce your energy bills, so it’s definitely something you should consider. How will you know if your radiators need bleeding? If your pipes are making banging noises or your radiators are gurgling this is a sign that you should take action – and also something to listen out for if you’re viewing prospective homes where the heating system is on!
- Service your boiler.This is something that you should schedule regularly and keep on top of. By keeping your boiler regularly serviced and well maintained, you will save money and the boiler should last longer too. It will also highlight any problems before they arise, rather than breaking down midwinter when you need it the most! Urgent repairs can be very expensive and when it comes to boilers, prevention is far better than cure. Plus, if you have your boiler serviced regularly you can show your completed service schedule to prospective buyers to reassure them that the boiler is sound and working as it should be.
- Exclude draughts.Check for any draughts around doors, windows, letterboxes etc and take appropriate measures to seal anything that needs fixing. Draught excluding materials are inexpensive and can be bought and fitted easily to help to keep your home cosy and take pounds off your energy bills.
- Insulate the loft.Again this can both make your home cosy and reduce energy costs and is something that prospective buyers may check when they are looking around your property. If you’re looking for a new home make sure you check out the loft and measure the thickness of the insulation.
- Lag the pipes.If your pipes are situated in an area where they may be prone to freezing and potentially bursting, lagging is an efficient way to prevent some expensive plumbing bills or winter catastrophes. If you’re moving into a new home check that the pipes have been sufficiently lagged.
External winterproofing tasks
- Check and clean gutters.This is something you should do at least once a year. Gutters can easily become blocked with autumn leaves, moss and other debris, causing blockages and water damage. If you don’t fancy getting up a ladder yourself there are plenty of companies that will come and maintain your gutters for you and it is worth the investment.
- Check the roof.Check the roof for missing tiles and any potential leaks which could cause severe damage.
- Check the fences.Check that fences and boundary walls are sturdy and not likely to fall and damage your property or get blown over in high winds.
- Check treesAlso check any tall trees in your garden for signs of disease or potential breakage. If you suspect they may blow over in a storm then it’s best to get them pruned or removed altogether rather than causing a risk to your home – or any adjoining properties
- Trim back hedges.Hedges and shrubs growing against the outer walls of your property may cause damp problems or block sunlight from coming though, which can not only cause problems for home owners but may deter potential buyers too, make sure your garden is looking tidy and that the plants aren’t taking over your space. Also remove any plants such as buddleia which may grow from the walls of your home, potentially causing structural damage.
So these are our top tips for taking care of your property this winter and if you’re selling and ready to make your move, why not give us a call to see how we can help with a free, no-obligation quote? If you need to store some stuff during the sale or the move, we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.