Seasonal property maintenance tasks to help your home retain its value
Homeownership comes with a series of maintenance tasks. Although these might seem somewhat overwhelming at first glance, dividing them between the seasons makes them much more manageable.
Spring is the ideal season to check your roof for loose or missing tiles. Clearing your guttering is also a good idea to ensure that leaves and other debris can't cause any problems in the long term. Check your chimney for areas that might need repointing or securing; in addition, you might want to fit a protective cage to prevent birds nesting inside.
Opening your windows often will ventilate your space and prevent the build-up of moisture. Now is also an ideal time to pull away pieces of furniture from the walls and check for patches of damp or mould. Deep cleaning any window dressings and giving your windowsills a little care and attention will allow more light into your space and ensure your home feels fresh and bright.
From painting walls, fences and gates to cutting back large trees, shrubs and climbing plants, early summer is an ideal time to carry out essential repairs and aesthetic modifications.
As late summer approaches, consider having your boiler and radiators serviced in time for the arrival of the cooler months. If your home has a wood burner or open fire, having your chimney swept now is an excellent idea. Remember that it is an offence to disturb roosting wildlife, so do make sure that all nesting birds have already flown.
It is a good idea to clear your gutters again as the end of autumn approaches. Similarly, leaves and other debris should be cleared from exterior walls to prevent damage and damp.
Internally, draught-proofing doors and windows will help you to keep your space warm as the temperature drops, but ensure your home has adequate ventilation.
With cold snaps likely, keep an eye on your taps and pipes and address any leaks that might appear. High winds and storms can cause a range of issues, so check your roof and chimney for damage when it is safe to do so. Keep an eye on any large trees surrounding your property to prevent them causing damage to your property and/or injuring passers-by.
If it isn’t too cold outside, opening your windows will improve your interior ventilation and help you to prevent damp and condensation. If you do notice condensation on your windows, wipe the glass and frames down regularly to prevent damage in the long term.
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