Eight Essentials Repairs And Upgrades For A Cosy Home

When the cold weather hits, your home needs to be prepared if it’s going to keep you safe and dry. Extremes of weather are hard on a building so it’s important to make essential repairs and upgrades in plenty of time for rain, cold and storms.

1. Clean out your gutters. When the weather is still dry, make sure you clear out any leaves or other blockages from your home’s gutters. When they’re clear, the rain water can flow freely through them and drain correctly, instead of getting blocked and overflowing. Overflowing gutters can cause your house to get damp.

2. Check the roof for any damage. Look for any leaks or gaps for rain to get in and create damp and damage. A leaking roof could end up causing a lot of expensive issues for the rest of your home, so sort any problems quickly.

3. Put in loft insulation. Proper insulation helps to keep heat inside your home during cold weather, and to keep the house cool during hot weather. It also makes your home more energy efficient, which could help you save a bit of money on the heating bill when the weather turns cold.

4. Protect your pipes from freezing. Wrap your pipes in lagging to prevent them from freezing when temperatures drop. A frozen pipe can ed up bursting and flooding your home, causing an incredible amount of damage. Focus on at risk areas, like pipes in the garage, or that run outside. If your pipes do freeze, melt the blockage quickly by slowly warming them up with your hairdryer, or pouring boiling water over them.

5. Never skip your boiler’s service, as the service will catch any issues that could prevent your boiler from running safely and efficiently. If you can, book your service for just before the worst weather starts, so you can be sure your boiler is in top condition to keep working properly through the bad weather.

6. Longer hours of darkness can make your home more at risk of being broken into. Move any valuable items to where they can’t be seen from the windows to avoid tempting a would-be burglar. Fit motion sensitive lights outside the house. These lights will be a help to you when you arrive home in the dark as well as putting off anybody approaching the house to break in. Lights on a timer inside give the impression that someone is home, even when you’re out.

7. Replace old windows. Old windows with gaps let in a lot of cold air, and allow the heat to escape out of the house. Replacement windows can help your home stay warm. Make sure you have good double glazing to keep things warm inside.

8. Trim back any trees that are close to the house. When temperatures start to drop, tree branches can freeze which means they become brittle and break, causing a lot of damage if they crash onto your home. Cut back any overhanging branches in plenty of time before the weather turns.