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As any homeowner will know, the DIY and maintenance jobs never seem to end. It’s important to keep on top of them though, otherwise, there might be some costly repair work to be down further down the line. With winter on its way, it’s a good idea to get started on some projects that will protect your property throughout the harsher weather. Here are five ideas to get you started:
Start with the Garden
Before the weather gets too unruly, prepare your outside space for heavy wind and rain. Clear your gutters of any debris and fix them if they’re damaged, as pooling water can put pressure on your building’s foundations and cause cracks and leaks. Store your bins, furniture and tools away so that they don’t blow around and cause damage and make sure your shed is secure if you have one. Inspect the area and ensure that any damage is repaired so that it doesn’t get worse over the coming months, such as broken fence panels or gates. Trim any trees with long branches, as these could be a threat.
Consider Your Lighting
Obviously, in winter months it gets darker sooner, which means you have to use your interior lights more often. Consider whether you have the most efficient bulbs and replace to LEDs if possible. They use a lot less energy than their alternatives, which should reduce your utility bills, and they also last longer before needing to be replaced.
Draughtproof Your Windows and Doors
If your windows and/or doors let in a draught, you will end up spending more on heating bills. With that said, it might be worth investing in double glazing to keep the temperature consistent. What’s more, it keeps the noise out, so it’s great if you live on a busy street. Thick curtains will also do the trick. Speaking of windows, if you want to add some colour during the dark winter months, stained glass might be something worth considering.
Check The Roof
The roof isn’t necessarily a part of your home that you normally give much thought to, but it’s actually really important to inspect it once in a while and is one of the most vulnerable spots. If there are any slipped or damaged roof tiles or slates, make sure you replace them, otherwise, you might experience some leaks during the rainy season. If you have a chimney, make sure it is not leaning, as it could end up being completely knocked off in severe weather conditions.
Add Colour With Soft Furnishings
As previously mentioned, winter is a dark and dreary time, so it might be worth adding a splash of colour throughout your home to brighten it up. You don’t have to spend a fortune on cushions and curtains because even a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. After all, you’re going to be spending much more time indoors over the coming months, so it’s worth ensuring it’s a space you enjoy.