Make the most of the sunny weather and spend some time maintaining your home.


At this time of year it’s really easy to forget about your home. The sunny weather upon us, holiday bags are packed, the damp and condensation has cleared up (temporarily) and leaks are not happening for now.

Despite all this, now is the optimum time to address any issues ahead of the colder, wetter weather that will sadly be with us later this year.

So here are my top tips and some of the basics to maintaining your home:

  • Keep the windows clean. This is a good way to make sure your wooden window frames (if you have wooden ones) don’t start to rot. If you’re buying then get the name of the vendor’s window cleaner, or you can find one through your local agent, online or displayed in the ads of the newsagent or local shop.
  • Service the boiler. Major boiler repairs or replacing an ignored boiler can be costly, so get yours serviced annually. Most gas suppliers run service schemes where they come every year to check yours out.
  • Install smoke alarms. These don’t cost a great deal and are priceless if they save a life.
  • Check out areas of your home you don’t use on a daily basis. Is there any damp or mildew in the loft, basement or anywhere else? If so, get it sorted pronto before it turns into something nasty.
  • Regularly walk around the outside of your house and check for leaks, stains on the walls, broken guttering or loose tiles. It’s wise to do this before winter sets in, as strong winds can dislodge tiles.
  • Get up on a ladder. Make sure fallen leaves haven’t blocked the gutters, leading to water pouring down the outside walls and producing damp patches. While you’re up there, replace split tiles and keep a watchful eye on pointing (mortar that has been placed between bricks to hold them together) and paint the exterior to keep the damp out.
  • Remove heavy moss from the roof, particularly in the spring and autumn.
  • Inspect painted metalwork every couple of years and renew it when it is in danger of starting to crack and peel.
  • Tackle frost damage and slippery algae growth on stone and brick steps and garden paths.
  • Fix cracked pipes and drains. These cause damp problems and look unsightly hanging off your home, or next to it.

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