Tips To Keep Your Home In Check All Year Round

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Keeping a house in good condition requires time, energy and effort. If you are a homeowner, it’s natural to want to protect your house, reduce the risk of damage and add value. Investing time and money in maintenance, upkeep and repairs is one of the best ways to lower risks and create a safe, comfortable space. In this guide, we’ll share some top tips to keep your home in check all year round.

Clean the gutters
Cleaning the gutters is a simple, effective way to reduce the risk of water damage and mould and prolong the lifespan of your gutters. The gutters carry water away and they have a very important role, particularly during the wetter months. Try to clean the gutters regularly to prevent blockages and wear and tear. If you’re short on time, call in the professionals and enlist the help of a gutter cleaning company. It’s beneficial to unblock and clean gutters regularly and to seek advice if your gutters are damaged or broken. Replacing broken guttering protects against flooding and leaks and it can also enhance curb appeal.

Protect external woodwork
Many of us have wooden fences, gates, decking areas and porches. If your home has external woodwork, it’s important to protect it using weather-proofing materials and products. Applying a coat of varnish to the surface of the wood can help to lower the risk of discolouration and wear and tear while also enhancing the visual appeal of outdoor structures.

Keep an eye on your roof
Damaged roofs can be incredibly problematic for homeowners. If the roof is worn, or there are signs of storm damage, for example, it’s beneficial to seek advice as early as possible. Minor issues can develop into more serious problems, which can accelerate wear, elevate the risk of damage to other parts of the house and increase repair costs. Often, it’s possible to fix common roofing issues, but if the damage is extensive, or the property is very old and the roof hasn’t been replaced for decades, it may be cost-effective to replace it.

Garden maintenance
Most of us are guilty of neglecting our gardens during the autumn and winter months. It can be difficult to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to get out into the garden when it’s cold and damp, but devoting a bit of time to basic maintenance can save you time later in the year. Mow your lawn regularly, keep on top of weeding, clear patios, paths and decks, remove debris and cover outdoor furniture. Protect structures, such as gazebos, sheds and flower arches with covers or waterproof materials and tend to plants and shrubs.

We all want our homes to look lovely, but it can be difficult to find the time and energy to keep up with maintenance, especially during the winter. If you have a busy schedule, or you’re not confident when it comes to DIY or doing jobs around the house and garden, there are solutions. Keep up to date with regular checks and inspections, try to tackle jobs regularly, contact local businesses that offer the services you are looking for and seek professional advice if you have any concerns about damage, faults or wear and tear.

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